We had some state issues I wanted to vote on, so I went to my polling place this morning. It’s a church at the back of a very quiet platte, set a few blocks away from the highway, the mall, and Wright State University. I kept my eyes open, because on the past few election days, I’ve seen various wild animals and some possible coyotes in the area while walking to and from.
Well, I definitely saw something today. She was standing in the middle of one of the roads in the platte, looking at me rather bemusedly. She seemed a bit big for a coyote, because she was about the size of a German shepherd. She was sort of a dark brown/gray brindle, but she had a few touches of red.
The funny thing was that her conformation was more like a dog, at least when she was standing still.
She didn’t look aggressive, sick, or starved, but it seemed pretty strange for a nocturnal animal like a coyote to be out openly at 9:30 AM.
Well, I didn’t think it was a good idea to turn my back, or to advance. So I sternly told the critter to go home.
She looked at me funny.
I repeated myself.
She looked disgusted, turned, and sort of slunk off into the easement between two fenced yards, in the general direction of some vacant wildish ground. I watched her go, checked around for other coyotes, and proceeded on my way. I also called county animal control and the state wildlife people, but neither one were particularly interested.
The problem is that, when I looked at pictures of Ohio coyotes, she didn’t really look like them.
She looked like the left-hand side of this comparison photo. Not with the white markings, though, and with more of a gray-brown body and a reddish face. Except for the color, she also looked a lot like this picture of an Eastern coyote with a lot more wolfish look than most.
So… yeah. I’m kinda reconsidering this whole concept of “walking to my assigned polling place.”
(And yeah, I can’t really say that I regret not having a photo. I’m thinking that fishing around in my bag, instead of looking stern and dominant until she was gone, would not have been a good plan.)
On the other hand, the recent non-Viking version of the Wright State Raiders mascot may now constitute a valid local reference….