Chicago Coyote Sings

I was walking my dogs at Columbus Park, Chicago with my camera hoping to capture some wildlife. I got lucky when a beautiful coyote came to sing for me and my mutts.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The word coyote was one of my daughter’s first words after mom.
    Kai-owe-Tay is how she would say it.
    They would come around just outside our back yard and bark and yip and kick up a fuss.
    She loved them and thought they were ther to sing to her to sleep. We told her that so she would not be afraid of them.

    • Xavier

      One night when my brother’s girls were little, I pointed out to the woods behind his yard and told them, “That’s where the wolf lives.” They were a little scared and it became a family joke – we’d tell them the wolf wanted to chew on their toes, and then we’d pinch their toes and they’d giggle. Harmless fun, we thought.

      A few years later, one night at 3 AM their house erupted with murderous screams coming from the girls’ room. Their parents rushed in to find them standing on the bed, hugging, and screaming at the top of their lungs, “The Wolf! It’s the Wolf!”

      Their black lab usually spent nights in the garage, but someone had left the door open and he came in to sleep in the girls’ room. They mistook his snores for a growling wolf about to pounce.

      We’ve laughed about that incident many times since then, but I believe if I’d been there that night they would have killed me.

  • Maurice Miner

    My cat laughs like that. My Rottweiler is never happy about it.

  • canminuteman

    I lived in a small village in Northern Ontario as a kid and we heard wolves howling on a regular basis. For what ever reason though, I recall it being a winter thing.

    • mauser 98

      cold air … sound travels better..still there in the summer

  • Xavier

    One side of our backyard is wooded and a pack of those vermin will gather and howl there regularly at night. When I saw the video, I had to stop myself from reflexively reaching for my AR-15. The Eastern Coyote has bred with the Canadian Wolf, so we have coy-wolves that are larger and more aggressive than regular coyotes. In a Chicago park, they’re interesting; in your backyard, they’re a threat to your dogs and livestock, especially newborns. Their very favorite meal is F. catus.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      I’d shoot them in a second, even tho’ I no longer choose to hunt….forgot to get the $10 Tag for them, last week……

    • Pets have disappeared in Toronto, they are adapting to urban living very well.

  • reidjr

    There cute untill you come face to face with a pack.

    • Ron MacDonald

      That looked more like a coy wolf than a coyote.

  • Mannie

    Maybe 20 years ago, I had a security job on a college campus in the Chicago west burbs. We had a pack of coyotes living in the forest preserve behind campus. It was impressive to hear the whole pack come into song, first the full throated old farts, then the mid range adults and adolescents, finally the pups.

    They’ve been around in the Chicago area for quite some time.

  • I wonder what the coyote is saying? Any idea, anyone?

    • mauser 98

      there are many coyote calls for hunters on youtube.. can download play and call them in .. don’t know what they are saying

      • Xavier

        I have friends who hunt coyotes and most of the calls to lure them are imitations of wounded animals like rabbits.

    • DD_Austin

      Coyotes sing to dogs to lure them away

      they follow in hopes of sex

      once alone the pack will feed

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      He was marking territory and circling.
      I think DD_Austin is right.
      Whatever the reason, that coyote was really interested in those dogs.

      • Thanks. Knowing how expressive dogs are, I assume their wilder cousins are too.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      He’s trying to lure the dogs to chase him into those woods where the pack is.

  • mauser 98

    a coyote moved in to open field area behind our house one year
    that coyote was like Clint Eastwood riding into town
    stray cats disappeared , dogs stopped barking
    crows and raccoons stopped ripping garbage bags open
    watched her hunt and kill 2 groundhogs. deer did not eat tulips that year

    • reidjr

      I live near the greenbelt and in the summer you can hear them howl its very creepy.

  • Scaramouche

    That’s nothing. You should hear my retriever sing. He’s the Pavarotti of canines.

  • T.C.

    Probably has a couple of buddies waiting in the bush for the dogs who don’t get leashed by their owners. I’ve seen the remnants of deer carcasses after they finish with them. They can be hell on the chickens. They are not to be taken lightly.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    They’re an absolute plague in North Burnaby, killing cats and yelling at night. I don’t like yotes at all.