Check out this video and article about coyotes breaking the door to a home in Illinois. The coyotes were running hot on the heels paws of a man's dogs. The dogs made it into the home just before their owner slammed the door on the coyote's snouts.
I share these exciting animal sightings not to scare anyone but rather to initiate a discussion about the geography behind the stories. Too often, I think, animals are demonized when they enter "the human sphere". However, as our population continues to grow it's likely human-animal encounters will increase. I believe it's becoming even more necessary to understand the world as a series of interconnected physical, biological, and social systems. The decisions humans make—like where to build houses and highways—are affected by these systems and has effects on them.
Coyotes breaking a door is, perhaps, a jarring example the overlap of these systems. The story not told is how humans have affected the lives of those coyotes.
This is an interesting article from National Geographic News about how wolves and ancient humans may have interacted. Maybe studying this will give us some insights about how to live with wildlife in the modern era.
Do you have a human-animal encounter to share? Do your thoughts on the situation change if you consider it through a geographic lens?