Yesterday, wet canid tracks along the Salt Marsh Trail should have been a clue that a coyote was in the area. It was too early in the morning for anyone to have been out walking a dog. Isn’t it strange how previously overlooked details become obvious once you’re able to identify an animal in an area? Today, just moments after I read a sign saying that coyotes were among the mammals sighted occasionally in the salt marsh, one ran onto the trail. He was fast. Quickly, he ran down into the marsh area near the woods.
If you want to follow a predator, follow the crows. I did and soon saw him in a clearing. He pounced on something and then seemed to crouch down. The crows continued with their harassment. Moments later, he was gone, deeper into the woods.
I’ve spotted coyotes in the past crossing Bissett Road but it’s been years since I’ve seen one. They are long legged with beautiful tails. Their fur is beige with black. They’re opportunists that will eat whatever they can find… which is one reason why I’ve always kept my cat indoors. But knowing they are still living nearby makes the woods and the marsh suddenly seem more mysterious.