I saw a coyote last week a few miles from my place, it came out of the woods and was standing by the road. I’ve never seen one in Michigan before, it was big. I couldn’t get a pic of it, I was driving.
Gosh, coyotes are as plentiful as rabbits here in Illinois. I'm in a relatively suburban neighborhood and they routinely wander the streets at night. When the trains pass through town and sound the whistle, they all take to howling - that's when you realize how many there actually are. Now that everyone has video doorbells or security systems, we get panicked postings on our neighborhood Facebook page about them eating children and small pets. We've even had people post video of the "wolf pack" that wandered through the neighborhood. Um... no. One lady posted a picture of the "150 pound coyote" her husband saw walking down the street. Another neighbor said "hey! That's actually my Labrador retriever and he's not a pound over 100!" Too funny!
Coyotes are common here, too. I don't see them all that often but I can occasionally hear them howling in the distance, and I often see their tracks in my yard in winter, as well as in the woods. I love coyotes. I really enjoyed the time I was walking in the woods and saw two of them walking. They never saw me. It was fun seeing animals truly act like normal animals and have no idea that they were being watched.
They do get a bad rep because they like eating small animals, and pets fall into that category, but they rarely bite humans and don't really cause issues otherwise. They also help control rabbit populations, and we have a huge population of rabbits around here.
Yup. And they are generally no more interested in interacting with you than you are with them. Ours stay well fed with a good rabbit/chipmunk/squirrel population. We've even seen them catching bullfrogs at our neighborhood ponds.
Outside this evening before sundown and heard a screech owl trilling somewhere nearby, so I grabbed the binoculars and spied one in the screech owl house we put up a couple years ago. This is the first time we've observed owls in or around the nest box since we put it up. It will be interesting to see what happens!