by Carl Strang
I thought the coyote den might survive. It was, after all, outside the fence bounding the friary demolition site at Mayslake Forest Preserve. As I mentioned recently, the coyotes have sniffed around the den from time to time, so they at least were considering using it again despite its new exposure.
On the other hand, the den clearly was supported by buried concrete.
Recently the demolition contractor has been cleaning up around the periphery of the site. Someone obviously noticed the coyote den, for here is how I found it on Wednesday.
The soil told of the work of large machinery.
However, no tracks led to the location from outside the fence, which was itself intact. Only two machines have been present at the site in recent days, a bulldozer and a crane.
The crane must have reached over the fence, plucked out the buried concrete chunks, and smoothed the soil. I am conflicted about whether to be disappointed that the den where so many pups were raised is gone, or relieved that the concrete no longer is there. Not that my feelings matter. The coyotes will need to dig a new den, and I will need to find it if it is on the preserve.