I mentioned last week coyote are clever.
This week we learn they are also cautious.
With good reason, me thinks. They are misunderstood and misunderstanding’s denmate is caution, its cousin is fear.
How many times have you not been sure of something and chosen caution as the default mechanism?
Take a look at any government’s plans for an alien attack (what? you’re surprised such things really exist?) and you’ll see movies, novels, TV and radio dramas go mild in the response area. If you’ve never heard of “If I can’t have you then nobody can” as a dating strategy, check out these plans.
Can you say Scorched Earth?
Governments learned by observing their own colonizing endgames, me thinks. It use to be said, “Better dead than Red.” Seems to be their current thinking, as well.
So caution is the wisest move in the short term. Until proven otherwise.
Have you ever had the opportunity to win the confidence of The Wild?
It takes time. Lots of time.
And it’s worth it.
The Old Ones…they remember.
Coyote are clever.
Not to put down other Old Ones. The Wild doesn’t tolerate poor design. You think humans are grand engineers? Everything not manmade on this planet has gone through enumerable iterations, each one a minor improvement over the last.
Then how come things are going extinct, you ask?
Because humans are stupid.
We are evolution’s “big brain” experiment. It experimented with big muscle, big size, big this and that, none of them worked out.
Want the kicker?
We won’t, either.
But the coyote…if humans mind their own business and take out only themselves, the coyote – who were here before us – will be here after us.
Coyote have urbanized in many places. They’ve adapted to us. They’ll adapt to without-us.
The coyote near us have learned to listen to the raccoons. Do they hear the raccoons munching on peanuts and dog food?
That means Two-Legs have put food out, and easy treats are hard to come by in our world.
So they listen. They approach. They rustle to let the raccoons know they’re coming, time for the raccoons to leave, and they dine.
And so we’ll let them be.
The below video was taken one month after the This Is How It’s Suppose to Be. Not seeing our children for a month during their usual winter-bulking period concerned us. Greatly.
As I’ve mentioned in a few recent Wildlife posts, we’re experiencing loss of habitat on the other side of our woods. We’ve seen an increase in our backyard visitors. All are still healthy (thank the Old Ones) and it concerns us. Two-Legs think they’re the top of the food-chain. They forget when they were the bottom.
Keep the memory. Stay humble.
I wrote Can’t We All Just Get Along? last week, and what a difference a day or two makes.
Hester is accepted by Hyancinthe and her kits.
Took no time at all.
Did take a little prodding.
And now all is good.
The original Outer Limits‘s 1st season, 3rd episode was The Architects of Fear. Like many of that series’ episodes, it stayed with me through the years.
It deals with some humans’ fear that the world is heading towards Armageddon and the only way to save ourselves is to introduce a threat from “out there.”
It goes horribly wrong and I won’t give any spoilers other than it’s highly recommended.
But that “external threat making us behave” motif.
I doubt the raccoons consider me an external threat so much as a Two-Legs with food.
And still, all is good for now. Let’s rejoice in that.
Well, not quite rivalries so much as territorialities.
They happen in The Wild.
Even when there’s abundant food available.
We noticed similar behavior in humans when we were in business. People swarmed where there was activity, not necessarily where there was abundance.
My inner anthropologist, psychologist, and sociologist kicked in big time when such things occurred. Didn’t matter if there was something demonstrably better over there, over here is where everyone gathered so this, by definition, must be better, even when it obviously wasn’t.
But the business rules and mindsets rarely made sense. Too often people wanted to be in business but continued being avaricious without thinking things through; always short term success superceded long term stability.
Probably why so many companies fold so quickly regardless of their offering’s worthiness.
I can almost understand such stupidity – especially in siloed communities – and do understand it in animals. It’s a survival mechanism.
But it’s not in humans.
And we’re suppose to be smarter.