By Elsa Maxey
Residents are being asked to be on the alert for what could be a coyote that may end up in your backyard. Home owners in the Quail Valley subdivision were advised that one of their neighbors spotted a coyote at night. This is an animal that is very similar in size to a small German Shepherd and weighs anywhere from 25 to 40 pounds. The coyote runs with its black tip tail down, and somewhat close, one can see the yellow eyes and black, round pupils.
Mostly coyotes will eat just about anything like rabbits, rodents and insects, but they also eat lizards, snakes, fruit, vegetable matter and even fish. Given the recent drought conditions, residents in the Quail Valley subdivision don’t consider having seen one to be unusual. Maybe this week’s downpour will help keep them away.
Keep in mind however, that the adaptability of a coyote and its acute sense of survival, according to animal experts, make it difficult to identify preferred habitat. Although associated with open ranges, their opportunistic nature has provided them the full advantage of surviving in a rapidly changing environment.