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The Coyote and the Turkeys: Real life animal drama Columbia, KY

A rafter of turkeys can almost always be seen on the Petty's Creek side of the big field by Majestic Yachts. (Bordering if not in town). It's always a fascinating sight, when there is no apparent danger. But Jennifer Crawhorn was treated to animal theatre rarely seen: The turkeys in seeming peril from a much hated predator, their counter defense, and the carnivore's retreat after a futile hunt. She came away with renewed respect for both creatures.
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By Jennifer Crawhorn

When my son first spotted this real life drama in the field past Majestic Yachts on the Veterans ByPass, a coyote was very close to a group of turkeys.
What perplexed me the most was the fact the turkeys seemed either completely oblivious to its presence or unconcerned.

As I watched, the turkeys seemed to move to safety without a giving away a hint of concern. They put a secure distance between the flock and the predator.

Eventually, the coyote seemed to just give up, though I never found out if our new friend, the coyote, was tryng to make some new friends him/herself, or have breakfast. But it finally gave up and headed into the woods. I'm betting on the latter, though!

Either way, the coyote never bothered the turkeys and slowly made its way back into the woods by Petty's Fork Creek.

The fun part of the experience was making contact with our new friend, the Coyote. Maybe he deserves his reputation as a pest, but I still couldn't help appreciating the animal's beauty. And, after all, he was only trying to do what the rest of us do: Make a living the only way we know how. -JENNIFER CRAWHORN

This story was posted on 2012-01-04 07:01:17
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Animal drama near Majestic Yachts near Petty's Fork

2012-01-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Jennifer Crawhorn.
A coyote seemed intent on turkey for his next meal, Jennifer Crawhorn and her son thought as they watched a real life animal drama play out on Petty's Fork Creek, barely a mile from Downtown Columbia. But the feast wasn't to be, as the wily birds eluded the wily hunter, which slunk back into the woods. But not before making eye contact with the nature essayist, who left the scene with renewed respect for both species. Seen in the ColumbiaMagazine group on Click to Flickr for full sequence of photos.

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Coyote Moment in Petty's Fork Creek Bottom

2012-01-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Jennfier Crawhorn. Jennifer Crawhorn and her son witnessed a bit of animal life drama along the Petty's Fork Creek Bottom, in a field by Majestic Yachts seen off the Adair County Veterans' Memorial Highway. A single coyote stalked a flock of wild turkeys there for a while, then gave up and left the field, but not before making eye contact with the appreciative nature essayist.Seen in the ColumbiaMagazine group on Flickr.
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