Glad you're ok, Scott. Sometimes they come back with some friends. Good observation on the family dog too....I'd be nervous as well.
> Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 21:46:43 -0400 > From: braaten.scott@GMAIL.COM > Subject: [SKIVT-L] Coyotes > To: SKIVT-L@LIST.UVM.EDU > > I couldn't even make this up if I tried... but I had to change my underwear > not long after beginning my hike today and here's why: > > I noticed the hiking trail signs said all trails are closed till Memorial > Day weekend... I figure its the Thursday before, the trail was bone dry > (even though the sign made it sound like it was knee-deep mud), so I made > the choice to use the Hazelton trail to get up to 2,700ft where it crosses > Cliff Trail. From there, I'd walk up Nosedive to avoid being on the trail > in the high elevations. > > Anyway, I get on the Hazelton and in the beginning it meanders around then > steepens considerably as you follow a ridge. Maybe 100 yards in (I can > still see Perry Merrill at this point) I walk around a corner and come > face-to-face with not one, but TWO, German Sheppard-looking dogs trotting > down the trail towards me. They freeze as soon as they see me. At first I > think it must be someone taking their dogs for a hike because there were a > couple other cars in the parking lot. I quickly realize neither of them > have a collar on and are covered in burrs and leaves. They are wild > canines. I'm guessing a male and female because one was noticeably smaller > than the other, but certainly larger than a pup. > > I stupidly put out my hands like you would for a domesticated dog and slowly > step backward. The lead dog does not like the fact that I just put my hands > out and pulls back his/her gums and flares teeth. I can see the plague on > the teeth; the thing is that close to me. > > I start making loud noises, yelling and clapping, while picking up some > rocks. The dogs bolt back up the trail at the sound of the noise, then I > watch one of them peel off into the waist high puckerbrush. The other one > holds in the middle of the trail...neither ever breaking eye contact with > me. At this point I've already soiled myself once and don't want to do it > again. Sensing some split-up hunting strategy, I start lobbing rocks in > their general direction...not wanting to hit them per se, but definitely > trying to scatter them. It worked and they must've realized I was not some > white-tailed deer because they rejoined each other and trotted up Hazelton > out of view. > > Now that the three of us realize I have rocks and can throw them, I have the > upper hand. Also, if you know me, you know that I want a picture of these > two real bad. How sick would it be to get a relative close up photo of two > coyotes on a hiking trail?! So I hastily take my pack off and get out my > camera... and start following them up the trail. > > They kept their distance though, and each time I'd see them for a split > second before they'd take off around the next corner. After about 5 minutes > of this they got bored and I never saw them again... and unfortunately never > got a chance at a good photo with rocks in one hand and camera in the other. > > Afterward, I remember being very, very happy that I did not have the family > black-lab with me. What do you do in that situation if you are hiking with > a dog? I could see the whole two-wild-dogs vs. one-domesticated-dog fight > in my head and it would not have gone over well. I honestly don't know what > I'd do. > > This was BY FAR, the most interaction (and scarily close) I've ever had with > wildlife on Mansfield. A few years ago while skinning in April with Alex > Friend, I saw a coyote trot across Nosedive and up Cliff Trail, but he was > hundreds of feet away. This was around a blind corner on a tight hiking trail. > > I saw a black bear on Tuesday, and now two coyotes on Thursday. The animals > must be on the move this time of year. Maybe on Saturday I'll see a Catamount. > > -Scott > > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > SkiVt-L is brought to you by the University of Vermont. > > To unsubscribe, visit http://list.uvm.edu/archives/skivt-l.html
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