Many first-time predator hunters try coyote hunting, educate a bunch of coyotes then leave the woods thinking there aren’t so many coyotes in their area.
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Before man walked the earth, says the mythology of Idaho’s Nez Perce tribe, the monster Kamiah began devouring all the animals. Coyote eluded Kamiah but didn’t want to be the last animal on the planet, so he let Kamiah swallow him. Once inside the beast, Coyote devised a way to sever Kamiah’s heart and thereby freed all the animals. Coyote then sliced up the monster and threw the pieces to the great winds. These pieces in turn gave birth to the peoples of the planet.
We’ve been giving coyotes t
rouble ever since. We’ve also been beneficial to them. After settlers eradicated wolves from much of North America, coyotes moved in to fill the void in the ecosystems. Coyotes are now found from Central America to Alaska and across the Lower 48.
This opportunistic turn of fate is characteristic of how people have always found coyotes. The name “coyote” is derived from Mexican Spanish coyote, which comes from the Aztec word cóyotl, which means “trickster.” So the coyote has always impressed us as being a wily survivor. This is worth noting because too many first-time predator hunters try coyote hunting, educate a bunch of coyotes then leave the woods thinking there aren’t so many coyotes in their area. This is why coyote hunting must begin with a little respect.