Sunday, September 25, 2011

predator and prey

I went for a walk down to the creek Sunday afternoon. As I got back up near the clearing south of the house, I started two deer, a buck and a doe, who crossed the "road" from east to west, and I thought a third deer was following, but the creature turned and ran the other way, and I think it was a coyote, not a dog. It was reddish brown and had prick ears and a bushy tail, and was about the size of a coyote, but it was moving awfully fast. Did I startle the deer into moving before he could creep up on them? Or was he lying in wait for them to move, and then when they did he saw me? I didn't have the camera, of course, but it happened too fast for me to have it ready if I'd had it with me.

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