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    I belong to a neighborhood e-mail list where people post about happenings in the area. Someone reports seeing a coyote with a dead cat in its mouth. Someone else said that the poor cat was left in his yard, badly mangled.

    The question came up about whether the barking that was heard could have been the coyote. Yes, it could, and it's a special sound, not quite like a dog's bark:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Nc3oqGXBY

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    In that video, the howl is the coyote sound, and that sets off all the dogs in the neighborhood barking IMHO.
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    ((((((agate)))))) ~

    We have lots of coyotes in our neighborhood and surrounding area, and many tracts, open reserves, businesses, and the golf course near us have Coyote in their names. I've seen them a few times on my morning walks. One morning, a neighbor in his truck stopped to warn me that two coyotes were roaming our neighborhood. They don't scare me, because they are more afraid of adult humans than we are of them.

    They're hunting for small prey, like cats. At one time, we had a rather large population of feral cats. I took in one feral mom and ended up with every litter she produced for about 2 years. (She was far too clever to be trapped, until my neighborcruelly trapped her and traumatized her. I had to take her to the shelter, as I had my hands full.) Took most of them to a cat rescue and kept 4 of them, who were outside cats and wouldn't be domesticated. The males wandered off and were likely a coyote's dinner. The female lived as the Queen of our Backyard for 17 years.

    The feral cats have basically disappeared now, so the coyotes are probably feasting on jackrabbits and squirrels. We have no shortage of rabbits, obviously.

    In our 40 years here, I've heard coyotes howling, but I can't recall hearing them bark. When they howl, they set off the dogs in our neighborhood, who bark as well as howl.

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    Rose and Howie, the person who posted that recording states that it was a family of coyotes--the pups were almost grown, I guess. There's definitely more than one dog's barking/howling going on in the recording. Could be the pups hadn't yet learned how to yowl yet? Or, as you say, the neighborhood dogs.

    I've noticed how the dogs around here set one another off.
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    And isn't it a wonderful sound, just knowing protection is all around you. You just feel safe. Oh here comes one now.....good dog...YOU STUPID BEAST, LET GO OF SAM!!!!
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    Down, sir! Let go of that poor cat at once!

    Does the person who rescues Sam get to keep her?
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    Being Sam, I should have known. She's now riding on the dog's back to the kitchen to get them both some cheese. Now I feel sorry for the dog.
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    Are you sure the dog isn't a coyote?

    I wouldn't feel too sorry for it if Sam is sharing the cheese.
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    No, it's dog. It's wearing a dog collar which Sam is hanging on to while she rides yelling, "Get along little doggie".
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    Yes, coyotes do bark. And yes, they will attack cats, small dogs, other small mammals. While they are wary of humans they also can be accustomed to humans, and hang around, particularly around garbage piles. We see...and hear them...regularly.

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