Sara Paretsky’s Blog


Urban Life
August 3, 2009, 4:01 pm
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Strangers to Chicago, and even us hard-bitten natives, are wary of muggers in the parks and after dark.  I recently learned that all last winter, as my dog and I were happily roaring around the Wooded Isle nature preserve near my home,

Wooded Isle: the Japanese Garden in Winter

Wooded Isle: the Japanese Garden in Winter

we were stalked all winter by a coyote that was living in the preserve.  I saw it once from a distance and thought it was a German Shephered.  Little did I know that as we were sliding on the ice, our silent companion was thinking of breakfast.  Now I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to go back out this coming winter.

Callie, Sara, I see you!

Callie, Sara, I see you!

I’ve seen foxes near my home, pheasant, and beavers, but the coyote is a first.  Given that I live in a dense-packed neighborhood, roughly 50,000 people in a city of 3 million, these sightings always amaze me.

Hyde Park, aerial view. President Obama's home is at 51st & Greenwood

Hyde Park, aerial view. President Obama's home is at 51st & Greenwood

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If your dog is large (you still have a Golden Retriever?), the coyote won’t bother you. Well, unless he’s rabid…. that’s a lovely thought, isn’t it?
We have coyotes here constantly. They wander through our cattle herd all the time. They have even wandered through the yard on occasion. I once lost a very small dog to a coyote, but the dog’s parents were too closely related, so he wasn’t very bright. My Golden tried to save him, but was unsuccessful. My only consolation was the hope that the furry little critter gave the coyote serious indigestion!

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