The Daily Coyote

There’s The Daily Puppy and Daily Kitten, and now there’s the Daily Coyote. Daily Coyote chronicles the life of "Charlie", an orphaned coyote who came to live with a woman named Shreve, and a tomcat named Eli, in a one-room log cabin in Wyoming.

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On the blog, read from teh bottom up to get the whole story.

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Jaye, wonderful find! :D, and Shreve S., awesome story and photos…

Comments

  1. fish eye no miko says:

    You forgot “Matchingks”. ^_^
    So cute!

  2. AWWWWW…

    was there supposed to be a link to their website? =3

  3. eeeeeee!
    thud
    I was just reading this yesterday!
    it’s like some deja vu!

  4. coyotemom says:

    I have a cat named Coyote who looks exactly like Eli!

  5. lurkingsmirk says:

    I had no idea coyotes could be so cute!

  6. OMG!!! It’s so cute and sweet, I’m getting a toothache! And the kitty and the coyote look almost like twins there. :)

  7. marissposa says:

    seperated at birth? finally reunited?

  8. modulegirl says:

    i just added the Daily Coyote to my list of daily must-visits (along with Cute Overload:-)

    Will be following her story with relish…

  9. This is so awesome. Restores my faith in humanity :)

  10. Think it would use a littler box? Can I keep it daddy? Pleaaaaasssseeeee?

  11. OK, added to the “Matchingks” category too, now.

  12. I just discovered this site the other day via Dooce. SO awesome! Can you not hardly even believe how tiny Charlie was in the beginning?

  13. Charlie looks like he’s overflowing with playful. I want to play with him!

  14. This nearly made me cry:
    Notes On Charlie

    There’s a coyote sleeping on the bed next to me. I wonder where his spirit flew in from. His coloring is a work of art, a work of genius, Nature.
    He is ancient and a child, much like a human in his complexity. He is a coyote and he is curled around my arm, eyes closed in a dream…
    But the dream is mine — that he is here — this is magic.

    what a sweet baby. and what a good kitty!

  15. You’d think these things crept in windows and stole babies the way my suburban neighbors react to them. I love ‘em myself. I love how resilent and tough these guys are and how they adapted to us as opposed to the other way around.

    Hey, if these guys can lounge around Central Park and a downtown Chicago Quizno’s, I say more power to ‘em.

    That said, I don’t think this guy could get any cuter. Except maybe if he was licking a baby fennec’s ear while a baby wolf was playing with his tail and a husky pup was sleeping on the wolfie feetsies…

  16. coyotes don’t come through the window and steal your baby; they come through the intertubes and steal your heart.

    now i am feeling all mooshy and snuggly, but no one else is home. my neighbours better look out!

  17. I am in awe….

  18. He’s so cute and fuzzy! Like the carpet! Oh. carpet isn’t cute. just fuzzy. Anyways!

  19. Almost dead from the cuteness. My dog is named Wile E. Coyote and I think he’s pretty darn cute, but he’s not match for the bebbeh coyote!

    Santa, I would like 2 please. Thank you.

  20. Mary (the first) says:

    The coyote site is absolutely amazing. I’m in love too!

  21. Do you suppose that sleeping baby coyotes make a”honk shu” sound?

  22. metsakins says:

    quite ded, thank you very much!

  23. Coyotes don’t crawl in windows and steal babies, but they kill cats and small dogs. Some of those pets are like kids to their owners.

  24. Oooooo
    I just totally bought a calendar.
    #1 boutique christmas gift item!!!

  25. The site is amazing and Charlie’s keeper is a very talented photographer. I can’t believe how many times I said “Awwww” while scrolling through. Just incredible. Thank you for sharing.

  26. [so very glad someone sent this in — i’ve been checking her blog for about a week now, and keep intending to send it into CO]

    and i just want to point out: she notes, early on, that she shares her driveway with a coyote expert who works for the federal government. so, she’s getting excellent advice on how to do this “right” (as in, how not to harm charlie as he grows up…)

  27. I can’t blogspot from work – how odd. I can however CO from work.

    These 2 photos are just amazing – what a sweet baby face.

  28. I love how he’s wormed his way into Eli’s heart too.

    BTW, coyotes rarely attack pets if they are on a leash w the owner nearby but there are exceptions.

    I on the other hand will always attack something with furry ears like that.

  29. Fabulous pictures – and a heartwarming story to boot. Thanks for posting this, Meg. Just the thing to get the holiday’s in high gear!

  30. The blog page for these two is *incredible*.

  31. It’s so nice to hear about someone being kind to a coyote. I live in San Diego, which was just named something like “America’s Most Dog-Friendly City,” but people around here kill coyotes left and right. Kind of ironic. I get excited every time I see a coyote when I’m out hiking. I keep my pets inside, so coyotes are nothing but cool to me!

  32. He is precious, and I don’t want to be a drag, but…

    I’m a Wildlife Management major in college. Keeping a wild animal is illegal unless you have a special permit. I’m confused as to why she didn’t take him to a wildlife rehabilitation center, where he would have been raised with as little human contact as possible in order to reintroduce him to the wild with no ill effects on his behavior. What does she plan to do with him when he matures? Keep him like a dog? I think if she plans on releasing him later, she is putting his survival at risk by raising him in captivity. I’m just concerned for Charlie. :-( I know I’m not the only one who’s thought this, too.

    I have to also mention that one year ago my beloved Miniature Horse was killed by coyotes. I miss him so much… but I don’t blame the coyotes one bit. They were just being coyotes.

  33. alrightythen says:

    You are being a drag. She’s happy with Charlie and he’s happy with her. Butt out.

  34. Well that was a *bit* rude, AlrightyThen… but Jenni, did you read up on their background, at http://dailycoyoteinfo.blogspot.com/ ?

  35. berthaslave says:

    I will check out the blog, and I’m sure that it’s possible the coyote can be raised well, I don’t rightly know. But where I am from in the scrubby hills of SoCal, coyotes — who have adapted quite well — are notorious for killing household pets who are left out at night. Gentle words of warning and caution are appropriate.

  36. Here’s a thought. Perhaps people’s pets should be kept INDOORS at night, where they’re safe. Coyotes gotta eat, too, and pickins can be slim when we so encroach on their habitat with our unfettered growth. Here in southern AZ coyote sightings are not uncommon, but each time I see one, I’m simply amazed.

    That said….AWWWWWWW. What a doll.

  37. ah, theo, the voice of reason once again. if jenni read the background, she’d probably understand.

    charlie is sweet, and the blog is heartwarming. beautiful photos.

    i want to move to wyoming!

  38. Great critters, great blog! Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

  39. Another Angela says:

    Great link to an interesting relationship! I’m a biologist too, but hardly see any harm in this. It is great PR for a badly maligned animal.

  40. warrior rabbit says:

    I live in San Diego, too, and love seeing coyotes. I often see them at night, usually. I live in a heavily populated area, but the canyons between the developments are ‘open space’ and full of life. I don’t know who Robbie knows; I don’t know of anyone killing coyotes left and right. But you do have to bring your cats in at night, especially if you live on a canyon rim, or they tend to ‘disappear.’ Also, the coyotes are getting pretty brazen in some areas (one crossed a residential street in front of me in full daylight earlier this year), and I’m sure that makes people with small pets and children nervous. It gave me the chance to see one pretty up close and personal, though, and he/she/it was beautiful.

  41. annienanners says:

    Orange friends!

  42. This made my heart grow ten sizes today!

  43. No need to be rude, almightythen.

    Yes, I did read the background before I posted.

    It told me nothing about why she didn’t take him to a rehabilitation center. I just checked the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website and coyote possession IS allowed. I didn’t want her to get in trouble and have Charlie get confiscated by a game warden!

    I guess I just see it from a different perspective since I’m in college to be a wildlifer. To me the right thing would have been to put him in proper care right away. *shrug*

    Bottom line is he’s cute. We’ll leave it at that. :-)

  44. Having lived in the west Montana, Colorado and Idaho and now California let me just say that depending on the area the woman lives in there may not be a wildlife rehabilitaion center nearby. NOT everywhere has something like that, and many states like wyomoing Montana and Idaho to name a few have large amounts of land area with very few people per square mile in them. Resources can be limited for that kind of thing.

  45. That’s true, Annie. Thanks for mentioning that.

  46. Jenni Kudos for studying wildlife Management and looking toward a career in helping us maintain our curent wildlife and maybe even (Fingers Crossed) HElping it to thrive and everyone get along Farmers and the wildlife with education and good park management.

  47. By the way Thanks also Jenni for mentioning, though I am sure most everyone on here knows, to try and locate a wildlife rescue center if you do find baby or injured wildlife. Hopefully you will have a center in your area.
    IF you do not know if there is one you can ask at any local vetrinarian, also Rangers at local parks would know who to contact. Sometimes there isn’t a center but a person who is expert in the field.

  48. I guess there is nuffing some people won’t nuff about.

    Here is my two cents as a recently uprooted New Mexican

    - Coyotes are wild animals. There are exceptions to pretty much every rule, and this certainly seems to be (an adorable)one.

    -Coyotes will eat people’s pets. And while many of you may believe that pets should be kept indoors or on a leash at all times, not everyone agrees with that, including me. My family has had a variety of cats and dogs. Some of them lives inside, some of them lived outside. Some of them started out inside and were so miserable that they became outside pets. I appreciate that you all want to do what is best for your pets, but one of the most common nuffs here is to tell other people what is best for THEIR pets. You are not able to know every animal and every situation, so before you judge people, please have a little thought that not everyone has the same circumstances and beliefs as you do.

    And all of that said, the coyote is very adorable. I should quite like to cuddle him. I myself have had some bad experiences with coyotes, but most of them have not been nearly so cute.

    Sorry folks, I think that might have been more like five or six cents.

  49. Wow, she rode a Vespa across the country? she lives alone with a cat and a coyote in wyoming? She’s my new hero! I ride a Vespa, too, am a photographer (well, I have a degree in it….) and am totally inspired by her story.

    sure, coyotes kill domestic animals all the time. That’s what they do. That’s why my two cats are indoor cats.

    And she knows to let go of the little fellow, when he’s ready to go.

    A+ all around, for her, I say!

  50. I will agree with Annie — I grew up in South Dakota, and I know what it’s like to live somewhere relatively remote. Heck, it was a half-hour drive just to take our housecats to the vet. (And yes, we kept them indoors at all times, because there are plenty of coyotes in SD, too.)

    There are a few wildlife rehabilitation centers in the less populous states of the West–but what happens when you live four or five hours away from one of them, and you have a young animal who needs care now?

    I don’t know much about wildlife, so I’d agree that a professional wildlife rehabilitation service is best, but she does live very close to a wildlife expert, and it sounds like she is doing the best she can. Also the pictures are completely adorable.

    I always kind of liked coyotes. Ever hear them yipping at dusk? It’s kind of this creepy haunting sound, almost. Weird that it comes from such a cute, lanky animal.

  51. Igotyournamerighthere says:

    So this woman lives in a one-room log-cabin, but she has a blog?

    Welcome to the 21st century, I guess.

  52. bananasforbunnies says:

    Amazing!

  53. IGotYourName — maybe think of it as an “artist’s retreat”. I believe life is what you make it, and The Daily Coyote provides one example of how this can be true.
    (a really *cool* example)
    (with help from Charlie pup and Eli cat, of course)

  54. Hey Jenni,

    Don’t feel bad! I agree that raising wild animals should be left to the experts, but sometimes there isn’t a much of a choice. As an avid hunter of coyotes, I think that just like any wild animal, they need to be kept to a controllable number. The county that I live in issued very few deer permits this year, as the coyote population has just exploded. Everything has a balance, and when you tip that balance, it’s not good! Just my two cents in on THAT topic. Anyways, cute critter!

  55. lurkingsmirk says:

    I don’t think Charlie will be eating anyone’s pets since his best friend is a kitty!

  56. it’s like “Born Free” with puppitude!

  57. Warrior Rabbit, you must not get out much, talk to many local people, or read the San Diego papers.

  58. warrior rabbit says:

    Sure, Robbie, sure. Whatever makes you feel superior.

  59. My God. This whole scenario reminds me of this marvellous tv show on Animal Planet, called “Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat” or something like that. The presenter (I forget his name now) lives in a log cabin in Maine with two dogs, cut off from civilisation. He lives off fish from the river, and knows the Maine wildlife more intimately than anyone else (not to mention he has a deep, smoky voice that elevates his storytelling skills to a fine art.) As he rightly says, “you can’t just become a river rat, you *earn* it.” Amazing. Just amazing.

    The coyote and kitteh are adorable!

  60. Oh, and forgot to mention -MARVELLOUS photos.

  61. True coyote story –
    I grew up in a small desert town where coyotes would run through the streets at night but sometimes they made appearances during the day. My dad’s boss, Jim, had just spent over a grand on some purebred chihuahua and was watching the dog like a hawk. One afternoon – middle of the day, mind you – he opened the door to his fenced backyard and stepped outside. His new puppy followed him. Jim’s house backed up to the desert on the edge of a sort of cliff. Jim was refilling his bird feeder when he saw some coyotes approaching. His new puppy started barking and Jim was about to grab it when one of the coyotes jumped over the chain-link fence, grabbed the chihuahua in its jaws, and jumped back over again. Jim watched, stunned, as the coyotes ran off with a very expensive lunch.
    That said, I think this is the first time I have ever SQUEEEEEEEEEd a coyote. So cute! So fuzzy! So tiny! Put me down for two, please, Santa. I’ve been a good girl this year.

  62. I just read from day one of the blog and Im so ever touched : )
    Its evident already that lady is just looking out for whats best for Charlie and loves him to pieces.
    I cant help but think of the sadness that both cat and lady would experience if Charlie decides to leave though. : <
    (p.s. First post ever! : D)

  63. A heart warming story and a beautifull animal.

  64. GerbilNibble says:

    What a fantastic blog! I *heart* the woman, not only for her compassionate soul, but her lifestyle too. Thanks Meg for letting us in on this gem.

  65. The story and photos on that website are just gorgeous – it brought tears to my eyes…

    I think Charlie is gorgeous! And what a woman to be brave enough to raise him.

  66. Yitzysmommie says:

    The Charlie and Eli pix are delish. I like the blog.
    I’m one of those folks who lost a beloved pet to coyotes. Our Lovey figured out our doggie door before they did. Initially I kept her in at night, but she began to yowl and cry so much and bash the door of her room that we let her have the run of the house which included the doggie door.
    A year ago Oct 27 Lovey did not return from her prowls, and we had heard coyotes that night and the next (We live high on the foothills of the Wasatch Mts).
    When Yitzy figured out the doggie door just after his first birthday, we spent 700$ for a radio controlled door so the doggies have outdoor access and he doesn’t.

  67. if it wasnt here in a few days i was going to send you the link!

  68. pinkfuzzyslippers says:

    Beautiful story and pics! I hope Charlie is domesticated enough by adulthood to remain a part of his human/cat family. The alternative is too heart-wrenching to think about.

    We respect the coyotes (and their indiscriminate appetites) here. Our cats have an outdoor pen (with slanted-in tops to prevent kitty escapees) too high for any wild critter to jump. The cats enjoy the great outdoors, and they’re kept indoors after dark. When you live in the country, you have to make concessions to nature. Everyone is happy and well-cared for :-)

  69. Catsquatch says:

    Wow….

    I understand all the concern about coyotes eating pets, and wild coyotes certainly do.

    However, this wonderful woman and Charlie and Eli apparently live in a rather remote area, not too many pets around to eat.

    Even though Charlie is a wild animal, he is also part of a human led family, and he adores a CAT.

    In this particular case this particular coyote will probably not be a danger to anyone or their pets, he has a much different experience than most coyotes, he knows very different things then he would have known if he had been raised by his birth parents.

    In the wild its nature, in a human household its nurture, Charlie has both.

    Exceptional.

  70. The “about” page didn’t really answer any questions. If she doesn’t have a special permit or training in raising a wild animal such as a coyote, this is likely illegal and ill-advised. I don’t really care if it’s cute – my concern is for the well-being of that animal and how she’s going to handle it when it becomes an adult. Coyotes are NOT dogs.

  71. You guys would like the typical response to pet loss where I”m from.

    Coyote ate the cat, that happens.

    And for coytote haters, shouldn’t we be shooting raptors as well? they prey on houscats.

    as a matter of fact, a bald eagle nest fell down near where I am and they found over 40 cat collars in it as well as bones.

    Keep your pets indoors guys, you’re doing everyone a favor.

  72. Another Angela says:

    Oh Anna, just let go of your concern. It’s one woman and one coyote. Let them have their unique experience, for better or worse. It certainly can’t be worse for the coyote, who would probably otherwise be poisoned or shot by Mr. Avid Coyote Hunter above. Humans are the ones destroying the balance of predator and prey by destroying habitat. Predators do not control prey populations, despite all the best intentions and marketing from wildlife “managers.” It has been shown that controlling coyotes only results in increased numbers of pups and immigration.

    Science nerd alert:
    “In unexploited populations, coyotes tend to be more wolf-like, living in family packs and protecting territories. Their litter sizes tend to be low, and only some of the females breed. If subjected to intensive control, coyotes respond by increasing their litter sizes and breeding more and at earlier ages. (Turbak 65). Also, territoriality is largely lost, and an individual piece of range ends up seeing MORE coyotes wandering around on it. In one study, before control, coyotes had 3-4 pups per litter and only 32% of the females bred. After control started, 90% of the females were breeding and litter sizes doubled.This is called density dependent reproduction (Turbak 63).

  73. I must remember never to read the comments for these things, so that I don’t have to think about the “anonymous” posters on the Daily Coyote blog who decide it’s cool to say they’d shoot Charlie in an instant because a coyote once killed their dog.

  74. Raptors, with the possible, still very unlikely possibility of starving eagles, do NOT attack housepets (I’m not counting hamsters on the lam). Most often, a raptor weighs quite a bit less than that cat or puppy. It’s also in the raptor’s best interest (of survival, natch) to attack, kill and eat that which will give them the least struggle, ie, squirrel vs kitty with claws.

  75. Eagles get cats and small dogs all the time where I live… and we have lots of wild buns, songbirds and squirrels around. Maybe the cats and dogs are easier prey because they lack the survival skills that a wild animal has? Or maybe it’s just because we have so many eagles, who knows.

  76. CheshireCat says:

    My kitteh was *almost* killed by a coyote. But he escaped and lived to tell his harrowing tale (sans the use of one eye). Since that happened I’ve had a bit of a grudge towards the coyote population. However, I am happy to say that Charlie’s story has caused my heart (and my grudge) to melt. Ahn!

  77. Enlightened says:

    Anna has solid grounds on which to be concerned. I have raised a coyote, with legal permits, from a pup. It was an amazing experience, but certainly not one that should be undertaken lightly. Coyotes are taught to hunt, taught to howl. I had dogs, cats, ferrets and bird at the same time. As a pup, there was harmony. Once maturity sets in, there are aspects to the coyote that are “hard wired” and those friendships forged as “siblings” begin to change. You cannot “domesticate” a wild canine. The best you can hope for is socialization. There is a world of difference. That cute little coyote pup will grow into a mature coyote. In turn, that coyote will want to assume its position. I maintained contact with Marc Bekoff, who was interested in knowing if the relationship between cat and coyote remained. It did NOT remain. Raising a coyote is something best left to the experts and those trained to handle a wild canine.

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