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Living with Wildlife In The Neighborhood: Wile E. Coyote

Female coyote looking for something to eat: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Looking for a meal ~

Not many mammals are as adaptable to their environment as the Coyote.  You'll find it from Panama in Central America all the way north to Alaska.  Central Park in New York City boasts a population.

Our backyard in the community of Tucson Estates II is a frequent haunt of these singing dogs.  This young female wandered up out of the wash (that's arroyo to you Texans) to see what she might find.  It took her a few minutes to figure out that she wasn't going to find a meal at the Jones's, and she moved off through the neighbor's yard and back into the wash.

Still looking: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Still looking ~

Coyotes are the reason that we limit our pet selection to the fish in our pond.  Domestic pets, especially smaller dogs and cats, are no match for a coyote, which sees them as just another couple of items on the menu.

If you're considering a home in the Tucson Mountains, be prepared to share your backyard with those who were here first.  This adaptable animal will be one such neighbor.


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Comment balloon 38 commentsMike Jones • September 07 2011 11:37PM


Mike, I'd be afraid to let my dog out at night with those coyote's around.  Scary for pet owners! Oddly enough, we have had a ROADRUNNER on our street recently.  In all my life of living in the Houston area, I have NEVER seen a roadrunner here.  Don't know if it is due to the drought or what!

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) about 9 years ago

We have these animals in Georgia, Metro Atalta, and my neighbor said that there are Coyote in our property. I have seen deer but no Coyote, as of this writing.

Posted by Ted J. Macy (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) about 9 years ago


They're there, no doubt!


You'd be right to keep your dog indoors; coyotes are definitely a hazard to your dog's health!  We saw both a coyote and a roadrunner in our backyard a few weeks back.  The roadrunner was following the coyote, waiting for him to put up a lizard or two.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

This is a beauty, Mike.  There is one who frequents one of our golf courses. It is amazing how used to humans these animals have become.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 9 years ago

I got a listing last week and the owners said that their are coyotes around. In fact, one ate one of her cats.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 9 years ago

That's some back yard you have - deer, coyote...I imagine Javalinas, snakes...  like you said - the animals were there first.  If you're going to live "rural", you're going to have to learn how to share!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 9 years ago

Mike as I show homes in the Hollywood Hills often I encounter Coyotes crossing the street, go figure Los Angeles one of the Largest Cities in the country and we have coyotes wondering free amongst us. As me about  Coyotes and the Original Host of the Price is Right Bob Barker (I will tell you in private)

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 9 years ago

Just don't corner them!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 9 years ago

Mike, we're starting to see Coyotes in our area here in Virginia. Saw one in my backyard last year. Nice close up photos.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 9 years ago

We have a pack of coyotes that comes around our home. Its kind of eerie when they all start howling! 

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com) about 9 years ago

We have them in our neighborhood also.  They have been reported to kill some pet cats.  Coyotes are very common in our area.

Posted by Paul & Diane Boykin (Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens) about 9 years ago

I've never seen a coyote before in Central Park before, but I am sure there could be some, there are some parts that are fairly secluded.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 9 years ago
Mike - we have them too and sometime we see a pack of them in our neighborhood too. We did invaded their space.:)
Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 9 years ago

Hi Mike.  They are amazing...

I live in a very residential suburb of Chicago, and see them from time to time in my neighborhood...

Hunting little critters I guess!

Thanks for writing,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 9 years ago

Actually sounds like something that may need to be mandatory disclosure.  I live in Seattle, yet far from, and the wildlife can be hazardous.  everyone needs to keep vigilent and awre as we encroach into the wild life areas.

Posted by Mark Welsh about 9 years ago

I am working with a woman who did her thesis on coyotes...  I think her study was mostly about their singing.  Vocalization? 

"up out of the wash (that's arroyo to you Texans)"   Wonder what we call "wash" or "arroyo"  here in Ohio.   Lots of talk about  tagging and tracking coyotes.   Great coyote photo.  I always wonder if I would know one if I saw one IRL.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 9 years ago


A wash or arroyo is a dry creekbed.  You'd likely know one if you saw it.  Their profile is distinctive, and I have yet to see one facing me.  They stand sideways and are always ready to bolt.

Coyote Range: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderMark,

They're everywhere!  They're everywhere!  :)


They've adapted to urban areas remarkably well.


Yep!  Thanks for stopping by.


Here's a link to the story in the NY Post, complete with photo, of a coyote in Central Park.

Paul & Diane,

Thanks for stopping by to comment!

John & Betty,

We love that sound when it's in the distance...  :)




Amen to that!


I'll give you a call!


We've seen everything, including a full grown mountain lion!


There's a blog story right there!


They really have become habituated to humans.

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Beautiful pics of a young coyote.  As they age they seem to get more wild and raggidy looking.  We have lots of them in the area as well and some years back either a coyote or a wild dog was able to get under a stall door opening and killed a miniture horse.  Even though I have never seen one in the adjacent woods I wouldn't let my 2 canine buddies out unleased.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 9 years ago

I live next to a protected wildlife corridor full of all sorts of wild life...fascinating experience to hear and see all the different animals. When it rains, the whole food chain just comes more alive after-wards too...The cats in this neighborhood are closer to there truer nature than a house cat which would be a snack. I have seen coyotes tussle with raccoons, sing nightly, roam and inquire. Silent like a Ninja too when they need to be

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 9 years ago

I do love your photos and learning about your part of our country, Mike.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago


Thanks for saying so, my friend!


Sounds like you have some John Muir in you!


They reach full size in their first year, unlike wolves, which take two years to mature.  This one's a beauty!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Chicago suburbs -  and we have plenty (well, we are a bit sub-suburban). Helps keep the rabbits in check.

Posted by Robert & Leslie Lang (Weichert, REALTORS® - McKee Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I have always loved coyotes - they used to coexist in my neighborhood when I lived in Los Angeles.  This area has coyotes as well, although at present, there are more foxes. 

Then, my son works for a company here in Chicago called . . . Coyote Logistics!  I always think that when a company or sports team uses an animal in their name, they should do what they can to help and promote that animal in the wild. 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 9 years ago

We have them in our area in Northern Virginia too.  Unfortunately one of the neighbors found out the hard way that coyotes and kitties do not go well together.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) about 9 years ago

I have seen plenty of coyotes and other wildlife in the Lake St Louis area over the years. We have home owners  who actually put out bird feed for flocks of wild turkeys. Fortunately the coyotes are more afraid of humans now.

Posted by Bernie Thomas (Coldwell Banker Gundaker) about 9 years ago

Hey Mike your range map is out of date. It should show all of north america. Coyotes are legally hunted in Ontario and other provinces and have been cited in maulings and in a few cases human death in ourcities from Vancouver to Halifax.

Posted by E H (None) about 9 years ago


Posted by Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR (ERA Town & Campus Realty) about 9 years ago

Good pictures and he's a handsome boy.

They tend to look a little rougher around here. We have them here in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs too. That's another reason my cats stay indoors.

We also have a deer herd that lives in my neighborhood and lately we've been seeing a lot of those cute black and white "kitties" like the one pictured right.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Hi Mike,  We had a pair of Kit Foxes that came to our front porch every evening to eat the dog food I started putting out for a Great Dane that was running loose in the neighborhood.  The Great Dane was recovered by his owner, but the Kit Foxes were in the habit of coming by so I kept on feeding them.

Beautiful little creatures with very large ears and a long fluffy tail.  I could never get any pictures as they are really shy but you can look them up on the internet.

After about six months they moved on never to be seen again.  To bad we got used to seeing them around as did my neighbors and their kids.  The whole block sort of adopted them.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Posted by David A. Weaver, 24 years helping folks finance their dreams. (Peoples Bank & Trust Co.) about 9 years ago

What great photos! I see coyotes time to time, but they are usually pretty quick encounters.

My favorite "local" is a pudgy little bobcat. One time he/she was in my driveway and I thought it was a cat at first glance...

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) about 9 years ago

Great pics as usual.

Posted by Anonymous about 9 years ago

Great pictures, Mike - we hear these critters every night in our rural area of greater Vancouver, BC - so we make sure to keep the cats (and even our big dogs) in at night! I have to say, though, that their sounds are very haunting and beautiful (even the little yips and yaps)

Posted by Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC (Royal Pro Real Estate Network) about 9 years ago

Mike, I love the way you caught these guys.  The one that runs across my front yard every day is so quick, I never have time to grab the camera. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 9 years ago

I see coyotes every day but have never been able to photograph a coyote as clearly as you have done. What type of camera did you use?

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) about 9 years ago


Thanks for stopping by to comment!


It's a Panasonic Lumix from Cosco.  It's about $270, so it's not an expensive camera.  The software in today's cameras really helps to get good photos.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

They look harmless but best to leave them alone. He was just looking for his next meal and a drink and will prowl until he finds exactly that. They are not a friend to Texas ranchers. 

Congratulations on the feature.

Posted by Carl Winters about 9 years ago

Wow we have coyotes too but they don't come into the yard.  We will usually see them across the street.  Wow!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

How amazingly beautiful! I have never seen one that close! We have them around here as well but rarely see them.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 9 years ago

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