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Coyotes

From: Marfa Public Radio
Series: Nature Notes
Length: 04:30

Writer J. Frank Dobie wished he could be sung to sleep and woken by a coyote chorus every day. But not everyone regards coyotes so amiably. Who are these song dogs? And do they deserve their bad reputation?

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Writer J. Frank Dobie once recalled an evening performance on his father’s Texas ranch in the early 1900s. The vaqueros had butchered a steer that afternoon, and after feasting on the fresh beef, they burst into song. Coyotes soon joined their ballad. “Cantad, amigos!” the vaqueros cheered to their wild accompanists, the men’s voices often indistinguishable from the coyotes’ chorus.

Dobie wished he could be sung to sleep every night and awoken every day by such canine amigos. But not everyone has regarded coyotes so amiably, viewing them instead as livestock-killing varmints. Who are these desert vocalists? And do they deserve their bad-dog reputation?

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Writer J. Frank Dobie once recalled an evening performance on his father’s Texas ranch in the early 1900s. The vaqueros had butchered a steer that afternoon, and after feasting on the fresh beef, they burst into song. Coyotes soon joined their ballad. “Cantad, amigos!” the vaqueros cheered to their wild accompanists, the men’s voices often indistinguishable from the coyotes’ chorus.

Dobie wished he could be sung to sleep every night and awoken every day by such canine amigos. But not everyone has regarded coyotes so amiably, viewing them instead as livestock-killing varmints. Who are these desert vocalists? And do they deserve their bad-dog reputation?

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Big Sky (Reprise) Dan Gibson, Bill Brennan, Rob Piltch Country Retreat. Solitudes 2000 :00

Additional Credits

Host Dallas Baxter. Coyote calls courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macauley Library.

Related Website

http://cdri.org/nature-notes/animals/mammals/coyotes/