Guess I’d better go back to carrying the AK for a while.

That was very unusual. I just got a personal visit from D&L, who said they couldn’t raise me on my phone, wanting to know if Little Bear was all right.

Seems they got a call from another neighbor who lives a little off my beaten path, who swore he saw a pack of fifteen coyotes setting upon a very big, very black, very hairy dog with another pack closing in on the fun. The guy said he shot the lead coyote, at which point the dog beat feet in (what D&L took to be) my direction. Nobody could think of a big black hairy dog around here other than LB, but he’s been with me all day and he’s just fine so it wasn’t him.

Now, I don’t know the guy who’s telling this story from Adam. We’ve waved at each other passing on the road a few times and had one very brief conversation, but that’s it. So I don’t know how much credence to give the story. It’s true that the coyotes have been unusually vocal the past few days, but that’s not the way they normally behave around here. Packs aren’t that big and they’re not that aggressive with things that can bite back. A “mastiff-sized” dog would not normally be their first choice in victims. So maybe it’s just a story, but in case it isn’t I’m suddenly not as happy with my choice of EDC gun. If the boys and I turn a corner and run into a pack of fifteen mean animals, I’m gonna feel pretty silly with my measly five-shot .44. (Although again, this guy claims to have spooked the pack with one kill.) So I figure what the hell: It’s kind of a pain, but that’s why I keep the AK loaded, right?consistency

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6 Responses to Guess I’d better go back to carrying the AK for a while.

  1. james says:

    I have never seen more than three coyotes at one time. We record our sightings around the house. Last year we had 110. Running behind that this year.

  2. Matt says:

    Sometimes, only a rifle will do.

  3. Kentucky says:

    Better to have it and not need it . . . etc.

  4. I’ve never seen more than half a dozen coyotes in one bunch myself, and I lived most of my life in coyote country, so I’d take that story with a large grain of salt. But hey, even six coyotes would not be a good thing to run into if you only had five shots. 🙂 And I’d be a whole lot more worried about feral dogs than coyotes.

    We had an elderly mountian lion around here a few years ago, killed some livestock and made a pest of himself, but it took a while before someone spotted him and put him down. Many of us carried a rifle for a while then. Just makes sense.

    Carry the rifle. 🙂

  5. Goober says:

    A couple things:

    Coyotes are not brave enough to hang around after you start shooting. The 44 would probably be fine.

    The AK would be better, and lend you the benefit of range and effectiveness, though, so tote it for a bit.

    As for the “big pack” stories, the most I’ve seen in one troop was seven. Dad and I killed five of them. It’s good to remind predators as often as possible that we’re still at the top of the food chain for a reason. We never really had many problems with them, because they developed a healthy respect for Dad and my shooting skills.

    I guess what I’m saying is that IF they are packing up like your neighbor says, then if I were you, I would make it my goal to make sure they know that your gulch is a bad place for them to be. Even if it takes a concerted effort to track them down and kill some.

    Don’t just shoot the leader. Shoot them all if you can. We humans have done a bang-up job of eliminating their competition for them, so there’s nothing left out there to control their population.

    ‘cept us.

To the stake with the heretic!