Singing With Coyotes At Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange, CA
How do you find wily coyotes? Just drive by in a firetruck with its sirens screaming, and soon you'll hear their pack wailing and crying out loud. That happens a lot in this 360-acre native habitant, inside busy and crowded Orange County. They're joined by other wildlife, including sneaky raccoons, nervous rabbits, lumbering opossums, croaking frogs, migratory birds, soaring hawks, stinky skunks, slithering snakes, and occasionally a ghostly mountain lion. They all survive nicely in Peters Canyon's thick groves of black willow, eucalyptus, and cottonwood trees, drinking from the 55-acre reservoir lake. All this shared with dirt bikers, day hikers, and horseback riders, who meander through a network of eight different trail systems that traverse a diverse set of ecosystems—riparian, coastal sage, grasslands, woodland and sometimes yucky freshwater marshes. Too bad for humans who also live nearby—many pets have mysteriously disappeared.