solid grey walls of St. Boniface Cemetery came down, to be replaced with a wrought-iron fence that allows the cemetery to be seen, we didn't anticipate that what would be seen are some of the many urban coyotes that call Uptown home. A reader snapped these photos Thursday evening during rush hour.
Coyotes are everywhere, and given that fact, it's very lucky for everyone that they are benign neighbors. Certainly they eat small prey, so keep your min pins and Yorkies leashed, and keep your cats indoors.
But coyotes don't like a lot of interaction with humans, so if you happen to come across one in the park or strolling down the sidewalks -- and chances are that someday you will -- give him the cold shoulder and he'll happily do the same to you. If they're in a pack, definitely steer clear, and God knows, don't ever corner one, because they are wild animals who will attack when they feel threatened.
Here's what they eat. According to the Urban Coyote Project, "The most common food items were small rodents (42 percent), fruit (23 percent), deer (22 percent), and rabbit (18 percent)." Birds and raccoons score pretty high as well, as does grass. So you can see why the parks and cemeteries appeal to them, and that ripping apart humans and dogs doesn't remotely figure into their daily schedule.
They're here, don't fear, get used to it.