I happened across an article about a man in Colorado who was having car trouble and decided to walk to work on Monday. It was early morning and he heard a rustling in the brush and turned his flashlight to check it out when a coyote attacked him. Two other coyotes were trying to get in on the action. He defended himself with the flashlight and was able to fend off the animals. That really isn’t what caught my attention in the article, it was a statement by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson, Jennifer Churchill. Here is the statement:
Churchill advised that people walking through areas where coyotes might be present “need to be aware of their surroundings” and might consider preparing themselves by carrying an air horn, a walking stick, deterrent spray or even a pocket full of rocks to throw at coyotes and scare them away if they approach.
So we have a pack of potentially rabid animals attacking humans and the best a spokesperson can come up with is a pocket full of rocks! Maybe we should all sit in a circle with the coyotes around a campfire, strum a guitar, sing Kumbaya, and ask them about their feelings. I wonder if Jennifer carries that pocket full of rocks everywhere she goes, perhaps she leaves them in the car when she enters an establishment so as not to be carrying a deadly weapon. I’d suggest a firearm would be a very effective weapon against wild animals. If they were not hit by the bullet at least the sound would scare them away or startle them and allow you to get out of danger. I guess the next time I am in Colorado I will be sure to fill my pockets with rocks since Colorado coyotes are especially afraid of rocks or at least that is what Jennifer is implying. Where is an eye roll emoticon when you need one!