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Cute! Check out coyote mom, five pups at Cary's Hemlock Bluffs

Posted June 9

The staff at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary got a big surprise today when they saw who made a surprise appearance in footage from the preserve's wildlife cam: A coyote with her five pups running behind her.

"My heart grew today," said Meredith Owens, park facility attendant at the preserve off Kildaire Farm Road. "It's very sweet."

The quick video was captured at 2:25 a.m., May 26, which is about mid-day for coyotes, who are nocturnal. The motion activated camera sits along the preserve's Chestnut Oak Loop Trail, not far from the Beech Tree Cove Overlook.

From time to time, Hemlock Bluffs staff takes down the camera to check on the footage. The camera often picks up wildlife, including deer, raccoon, mice and squirrel.

"We've gotten a glimpse of coyote, but not a full family photo," Owens said. "It's always a surprise. This time, it's a great surprise."

The video shows the coyote mom with the five pups trailing after her. The last pup stops and looks around for a second before catching up with mom and siblings.

Hemlock Bluffs is at 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. It features one of our favorite family hikes in the region, along with a great visitors center with lots of educational exhibits and programs.

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  • Gene Stoeckley Jun 11, 7:10 p.m.
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    I share many of your sentiments Kathy with the exception of never having seen a deer snatch a family pet within a few yards of it's caretaker. The coyotes are reproducing at an alarming rate. Where ten years ago it was rumor of a coyote sighting in Harnett county, now I see them quite frequently.

  • Barrett Powell Jun 11, 9:39 a.m.
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    "My heart grew today," said Meredith Owens, park facility attendant at the preserve off Kildaire Farm Road. "It's very sweet."

    Well, they have no known natural predators and tend to devastate the animal population (including domestic animals like pet dogs and cats) like rabbits. This causes an imbalance in the local ecosystem that brings other problems. They are also known to get rabies.

    It is just a matter of time before humans are on the menu. Try walking at night out in the country like around Chatham. All those eyes you see tracking you, they are sizing you up.

    I wouldn't exactly call them sweet and the sight of them in Cary should hardly make your heart grow.

  • Kathy Neal Jun 10, 3:38 p.m.
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    The deer population is WAY out of control and could use some more predators. Ditto feral cats. I love cats -- but they should be kept inside or, if feral, be trapped and neutered so they can't add more to the mix. Coyotes are often more useful than they are harmful! http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/gun-nuts/2013/02/predator-hunting-save-songbird-thank-coyote

  • Gene Stoeckley Jun 9, 5:17 p.m.
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    Cute?!! We'll see how cute you think these invasive varmints are when you spot one trotting across the road while clenching a month old fawn in it's mouth. They need to be eradicated.

  • James Dodson Jun 9, 4:41 p.m.
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    I'm sure they won't look so cute all grown up caught on camera again eating someone's pet!!!

  • New Holland Jun 9, 2:15 p.m.
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    i'm not sure i find coyote pups cute as these critters are taking over this area and ridding us of foxes, raccoons, and other area animals lower on the food chain. They have no natural predator to keep their population in check, and since they are mostly seen about at night, they are difficult even to hunt. A friend of mine has trapped many of them over the last few years and he said they keep coming back