A big coyote was seen on the pond this week. Neighbors living at the north end emailed the news. It must have stayed north, I thought, disappointedly, because I didn’t see it.

But Thursday morning I lifted the shades and saw coyote tracks in the snow.  They led from Smith Point in a gentle arc out into the pond, and then up into our yard, ending at the edge of a three-foot snow bank thrown up when the driveway was plowed. In advance of the plow, our visitor had no doubt proceeded up the driveway to the street in front.

Were those truly coyote tracks?  I can’t say for sure, but they looked very much like the tracks of a female coyote that visited the pond in January 2009.

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