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Be Coyote Aware

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Comment by Sloan Cunningham on July 13, 2012 at 9:35am
In response to recent reports of an aggressive coyote at the Santa Fe ski basin, I’d like to resubmit the story from the coyote’s perspective.

I am a wild animal that will instinctively protect my young. I have chosen to raise my pups in an isolated area, far away from town and human activity. But now humans and their domesticated canines have decided to come to me, to my space, to my quiet and safety. I will do what I need to do to dissuade them. Please, residents of Earth, respect the coyote’s presence and right to be here.

Her rights to peacefully survive are equal to our hiking privileges. All she wants is to be left alone. We can choose another hiking trail for the next few months. It’s simply a matter of respect.

Cindy Roper . Cerrillos NM

Having a dog myself and hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for more than 20 years, I am always conscious that I am in an environment where wild animals live. I have seen bears with cubs, deer and other wildlife and realize I am in their territory.

Those of us who hike with dogs must realize this is their home, and that they want to protect their children as we would. A reliable source has mentioned a den and pups in that area, and perhaps this is what the coyote was thinking about. Let’s keep our dogs safe by keeping them close when we hike and honor the animals who fill our forests.

Patti Rogoff . Santa Fe NM
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