The coyote depicted above and in my post dated December, 24, 2011, was a regular visitor to our home in Allenspark. Whenever she would come for a visit, our dogs always announced her arrival. Although a little skittish, she never ran whenever this happened. She was always tolerant whenever Lori, or I, photographed her through our living room window.
Day after day . . . week after week, she would come. Then, all of a sudden, she stopped coming. What happened to her? We worried. Had she been hit by an automobile? Hopefully, no one had shot her. Perhaps, she had found a mate and they had run off together to start a family. After all, she was approaching her first birthday.
Yesterday, we learned through the grapevine that our neighbor had been boasting how he had recently shot and killed a coyote. Surely, he didn't kill our little friend. Is that what happened to her? Did he shoot the little visitor who had provided so many photo opportunities for Lori and I? Although, we may never know for sure, this was probably her fate.
My question is "WHY?" What did she ever do to harm anyone. Certainly, she deserved better.
The neighbor in question claims to be a hunter. I have nothing against hunters who eat what the kill. However, I have no respect for anyone who kills simply for the sake of killing, or to hang a trophy on the wall.
Skip, you're no hunter. You're a killer. It's individuals like you that give a black eye to hunters.