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originally posted by: Finspiracy
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
Perhaps the NSA has noticed that you post to ATS, and NSA has labeled you as a threat to some great conspiracy due to too much info... The NSA sent hologram coyotes in a large quantity and audio too from speakers secretly installed into trees nearby. With a purpose of driving you nuts and eliminate your threat level.
But yes, you explained the events in such a detailed and well-written way, that even a dude who has never seen or heard a coyote with own eyes/ears except of course TV/movies and such, can understand. I will be following the replies to this one, i am interested in a closure and a confirmed explanation.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Not really sure where to put this one (it's pretty unusual).
Last night two of our dogs woke me up at about 0230L, anxious about something. As I woke up I heard some coyotes outside. They were close, and it sounded like there were several. The dogs were acting like they wanted to outside so I begrudgingly shuffled to the front door and let them out. When I opened the door there were indeed several coyotes nearby so I told the dogs to stay close, "coyotes" I told them (they understand this command).
We live way out in the country, far from any town or city, and coyotes are common out here. Coyotes are most unwelcome predators here and they will be 'dispatched' at any opportunity (but that's another story). Coyotes in the country are quite a bit different than the coyotes most people see in the suburbs. Out here they run in packs, and they'll easily take down calves, deer, antelope...and dogs. With dogs they'll "bait" them away from their safety zone. One will come in close where the dogs can see it, and then it will run off. Of course many dogs will give chase. The coyote will run off towards the rest of the pack which are silently laying in wait. They will then ambush the dogs from all directions and overwhelm them with numbers, pulling them down and often killing them. Our dogs have been trained not to fall for this trap, but to protect the cattle. But I digress.
I'd heard several coyotes when I let the dogs out (maybe 4-5) and they were probably within 200 yards of the house, but out of sight. The cattle were over the hill too, also out of sight. It was pretty dark. I sat at the kitchen table (ironically glancing at some stuff here on ATS) when all of a sudden I hear another couple coyotes behind the house, even closer. I thought to myself, I should probably go check on the dogs to see what they were up to. On the way I grabbed some of my night-vision gear to see if I could get a better look and possibly check on the calves. When I opened the door I was greeted by possibly the strangest experience I've ever observed in recent memory.
When a single coyote howls and yips they are notorious for sounding like several coyotes at once. In other words, 3-4 coyotes can easily sound like 8-9 coyotes (when it's really only 3-4). Being pretty familiar with these animals and how they operate this is not uncommon. When I opened the door to check on the dogs there were coyotes calling from all directions, 360 degrees around the house (also not completely uncommon as one group will call to another group, etc.). However, as I walked outside and listened, this was far different.
Both of the dogs I'd let out were sitting just off the front deck (good boys). They knew something was up and were staying in real close, this night was different. As I closed the door and stood on the deck in the dark there were literally thousands of coyotes! I've never heard so many coyotes in all my life. They were calling from all directions. The night was perfectly still (the wind can play tricks on your ears with coyote calls too, but not this night), and I could hear coyotes for miles in every direction. Some were in close (1-200 yards), another group further away, and several more groups even further away...and this sort of 'layering' effect of their calls was just stunning!
Now, as I've noted, I grew up with these animals so I know their traits, their habitat, their customs and pecking orders, etc. What I heard last night was extremely unusual for several reasons.
1. The number of coyotes I heard FAR exceeded anything I've ever heard in one area before.
2. The number of coyotes I heard FAR exceeded the amount of available prey per acre that coyotes usually require
3. Coyotes are territorial, and there were WAY too many groups of coyotes too close together to exist without major problems
4. Some years we have a lot more coyotes than other years, but you can usually tell what kind of a year it will be as the pups emerge from the dens. So there's a build up, they don't just all show up at once...like they did last night.
I'm sure the yelping and howling made it sound like there were more coyotes than there were, but based on my history with these animals I'm sure I was hearing several "hundred" coyotes within the two miles or so which bounds our place. I'd heard some bunches of coyotes on Tuesday and Wed night also, but nothing like last night.
Then there was tonight...absolutely nothing. Complete silence.
If I didn't know better I'd think there was some great Woodstock type convention of coyotes from all over who just showed up from some great coyote pilgrimage of the millennium.