Runner vs. Coyote

I’ve written before about my run ins with dogs and such on my runs.  In fact, it almost happened again this morning.  A man was walking his dog without a leash.  He didn’t see me, so I made some loud coughing noises to get his attention.  When he heard me, he ran over to his dog to grab the collar.  It’s disappointing how much I have to use that trick.

Anyway, after that I got back to my neighborhood and there was a beautiful coyote that was also going on a jogabout.  Unfortunately, when most people here come across coyotes or bobcats, they bust out their phones to take photos for Instabook.  This is wrong as it teaches them not to be scurred of humans.  Ya heard?

Stolen from a friend. He took this near his place here in Dallas recently.

Stolen from a friend. He took this near his place here in Dallas recently.

What I was told to do by an urban wildlife expert is “haze” them.  This doesn’t mean you strip them to their undies and make them drink a bunch of beer at the frat house kegger. What it means is you try to scare the animal with loud noises and motions.

Stolen from another friend here in Dallas who saw these guys in his yard.

Stolen from another friend here in Dallas who saw these guys in his yard.

The coyote was about 30 yards away and it seemed like it wanted nothing to do with me, and would’ve jogged off on it’s own, but I decided to take this chance to teach him a little sumthin sumthin.  I turned towards him and chased after him while yelling very loudly with a deep voice and flailing my arms about.

This accomplished a couple things.  1.)  My neighbors surely now have confirmed their suspicions that I belong in a tree…because I’m a nut.  and 2.)  It spooked the coyote something fierce, and it took off sprinting without looking back!!!

So there ya go.

What about you?  What do you do when you encounter wildlife – take a selfie?  Do you ever cough or give some other warn people you’re coming up (when you’re too far away to say “on your left”)?

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17 thoughts on “Runner vs. Coyote

  1. TartanJogger

    Yay for the nutcase neighbour!

  2. I had a coyote run up next to me a few years back, I squirted him with some water and he took off. The city coyotes we have are past being afraid….

  3. Wow I thought it was just a problem on my parents farm in Fredericksburg, VA but your actually the third person in the past month tell me about spotting one/a family of coyotes. I’d honestly go nutso so I commend your flailing arms..what a sight to see I bet! UGH DOG OWNERS that do that anger me… BUT on another note I dodge tourists all the time screaming on your left/right and if they don’t move I sort of kind of squeeze past them quickly …figure if I do it fast enough I’m not being rude.

    • Haha, thanks! This was early this morning when people were getting ready for school/work, so I’m sure I got a few stares out their windows (I was loud)!
      Oooh, I never thought about having to dodge tourists. That’s crazy! I’ve almost taken out a few people. I don’t understand how people can be so self absorbed that they don’t recognize their surroundings. I guess that’s how pickpockets make their money tho!

      • So true! Even walking people are so oblivious …I’m like come on pick up your feet…is it necessary to come to a halt out of the blue? Sometimes I wish it was appropriate to carry a horn and honk at people!

      • I think you are on to something!!! Bikers have horns and bells and such, why not runners too?!?!

  4. I definitely run like a crazy person when I encounter wild life…but it’s not to scare then and sometimes may or may not involve a little pee. just saying.

  5. You mean I shouldn’t do the Snow White, sing to the forest beasties thing anymore. Bummer.

  6. The coyotes are beautiful, I can understand why you would want to stop and stare (or take pictures).

  7. Pahaha you crack me up. Glad I read this because I would have made him drink his age in shots.

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