Carolyn Joy was enjoying the views of the hillsides in the Saddle Ridge neighborhood in Pleasant Hill when a dusky smudge cruised into view, his coat made to blend into the dry grass but stark against the green grass – making him easier to spot.
She managed to snap a nicely framed picture of a local Canis latrans (“barking dog” by its latin family name and “singing dog” to the indigenous peoples who heard their calls).
We know these critters have both their benefactors and detractors. We regard them as part of the landscape, and like their night singing – though not all do. We believe they are best left alone, and admired from afar, as contact with humans has proven detrimental to them in the past.
Our thanks to Carolyn for providing us with this glimpse of a local critter doing what he does!