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Coyotes in Crestline

My beloved Crestline, CA. lies within the San Bernardino National Forest, and within its ranging miles are many varieties of wildlife. Among other species, the area abounds with bear, raccoons, deer, coyotes, numerous birds and a few mountain lions. I’ve never seen a deer in our area, nor a cat or bear, although I’m assured they are all around us.

“Experts say there are 4,000 to 6,000 mountains lions in the wild of California.”

Daisy Nguyen of AP

I have seen many birds, several raccoons and lots of coyotes.

We don’t really worry about the youngsters playing outside, for attacks from these animals are rare, and as I said, we seldom see any of the large animals–excepting for the coyotes, which come by frequently. I’ve tried to get good pictures of them, but until last week, failed at that.

Then on one of the snowy Christmas days, I glanced from our living room to catch this view: fortunately I had camera in hand, and snapped a picture of this beautiful animal.

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I went then to the dining room and through that window snagged a great shot.

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Isn’t he (she?) beautiful.

One more shot.

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P. S. After reading Lorraine Bertram’s thoughtful response, I found these helpful instructions:

If a coyote approaches you:
Be as Big, Mean, and Loud as possible
-Wave your arms and throw objects at the coyote
-Shout in a deep, loud and authoritative voice
-DO NOT RUN or turn your back on the coyote
-Face the coyote and back away slowly
-If attacked, fight back with your fists and feet