April through June, 2009

Two coyotes frequently try to engage Pumpkin. Neko barks, but will not go far from the house; if she teamed with Pumpkin the coyotes would probably leave. Scat found near the house is large — according to Scats and Tracks, typical coyote scat is 3" long and 0.6" in diameter, while wolf scat is 4" by 1.25". This specimen is 11" by 1.1" and is mixed with coyote or dog scat. The hair in the scat and its length indicate there are plenty of Winter kills to keep bears, mountain lions, wolves and coyotes fed. Canids often mark their territory with scat; perhaps we are in disputed territory.