On certain fall nights, you could see the coyotes prancing on the neighbor’s lawn. This was off Burleson Street near City Lights Drive in Kyle.
They yipped and howled in the darkness some nights, and some other nights they were quiet.
Once, a lone coyote crossed the backyard, stopped, and looked back. It stood that way for a while; just a wisp of gray animal over the dark yellow of the grass. Make a move or a noise, though, and it would respond, getting farther away. Then it was gone.
Beth Smith, the Hays County Pct. 2 justice of the peace, was a little surprised to find coyotes running across FM 1626 at Kohler’s Crossing in broad daylight. “It was certainly where you wouldn’t expect them, in those open fields,” she said. “I’ve seen them run across the street on Post Road, near San Marcos. … You’ve got to watch for them like you watch for deer.”
And in late December she sent an alert out to neighbors on her e-mail list. “They are everywhere, and it seems to be getting to be an increasing problem,” she wrote. “They are not frightened by neighborhoods or homes.” She forwarded a note from a man in the Meadow Woods subdivision who wrote that two cats in his neighborhood had gone missing and that two coyotes had appeared late one night in his front yard.