Two weeks ago, Jane and Bennet saw a cougar in our front yard. They were freaked out, to say the least. Jane kept shouting that they saw a coyote that looked like a huge cat! And I said, “Coyotes look like dogs, not cats.”. I showed them pictures of coyotes and they said, ” No, it didn’t look like that.” They both insisted it was a huge cat, as big as Jane.
So, I showed them pictures of cougars and yes… That was what they saw. This filled me with not a little panic. State Patrol told me not to worry, that there have been sightings of this cougar around our area for months and so far it hadn’t harmed anything. –But if we have a little dog, not to leave it outside. I don’t have a little dog, but I do have little humans that play in my yard. Our conversation didn’t do much to settle my anxiety about letting my little girls play outside with a cougar in the neighborhood.
Then this morning, we found a pile of feathers in our yard. A pile of feathers the same color as one of our chickens, so we started investigating possible perpetrators of chicken violence. My sister’s family said they saw a coyote chase a bunch of chickens past their windows this morning. Poor little chicken. And my poor kids, they take these things very hard. We thought building a chicken run would prevent this from happening, but those tiny brained chickens are like Houdini and keep breaking out. We aren’t sure how they do it.
So, it seems that the predators in our neighborhood think we’ve opened an all you can eat chicken buffet up on our hill. No bueno. And I am trying to calm my anxiety about having my kids out in the yard now that the coyotes and cougars know where to come for some easy prey. –It’s not really working.