Ambulance or Coyote?

By Jess
@JJ4Ever (4696)
United States
April 19, 2010 7:16pm CST
Several years ago when I was young, I spent a couple weeks with my grandparents who lived in Alabama. They lived out in the country and had a huge cow pasture behind their house. In the middle of the night (and in fact, most nights that I stayed there), I heard coyotes howling. It gave me the creeps because I wasn't used to it, and I've always thought the sound of coyotes in the middle of the night is kind of eerie. What do you think? I've always grown up in the city. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I'll hear ambulance sirens or sometimes firetrucks. The thought of someone having to call emergency is kind of scary as well, but I'm used to those noises in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning having lived in the city all my life. Where do you live, and what sounds do you hear in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning? If you had to choose between the two, would you rather hear ambulance sirens or coyotes howling in the middle of the night?
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
20 Apr 10
What part of Alabama did/do your grandparents live in? I just wondered because I live in Alabama, myself. I live in Jasper, which is near Birmingham. I have heard coyotes howling at night and I must admit, it does sound pretty weird. I've had German Shepard Dogs and they howl like coyotes at night sometimes. I also had an Alaskan Malamute and she used to howl at night sometimes, too. She would howl whenever she heard a siren because it hurt her ears. I don't know if this is going to make sense or not but I live out in the country but I'm in the city limits now. I'm pretty near a major highway, though, and I sometimes hear sirens at night. I remember one time when we had tornado weather through here (Alabama is bad for tornadoes, especially in March or April), I had been at work. When I got home from work, I didn't have any electricity whatsoever and there were sirens going on all night long pretty much. My Alaskan Malamute started howling at one point and it sounded really eerie! Talk about Halloween now! I knew it was because she heard a siren, though, and I knew where she was at least. Since I'm so near a highway, I sometimes hear ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks at night. I don't like to hear either one but if I had a choice, I think I would rather hear coyotes anytime. I'm a country girl so I'm used to things like that. Kathy.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
22 Apr 10
My grandparents lived in Moulton, AL at the time. I slept in the very back of their house, which was the room closest to the cow pasture. I knew the coyotes probably lurked around at night trying to mess with the cows...or maybe not - LOL. I guess I don't know too much about how those two animals would get along. My grandparents used to have a small dog named Pee Wee. He was so cute, but the coyotes killed him. It was so sad. From then on, my grandparents got German Shepherd dogs that were partly coyote. They were the coolest dogs! We knew the coyotes wouldn't mess with them since they were bigger and part of the same breed. They were so neat. I'm sure the dogs knew how to howl as does my dog - a German Shepherd/Husky mix. My grandma has since passed away, but now my grandpa and his new wife live in Decatur. I'm sure you know where both of those are. (I also have a sister who lives in Montgomery, but that is more in the city.) I know a few places in Alabama considering I've never lived there, but I've always had family that lived there. I love it - it's a beautiful state! I'm so glad you would still choose coyotes howling over ambulances, but it sounds like now you've got the best of both worlds - ambulances and coyotes!
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
22 Apr 10
Oh, yes! I know quite a bit about both of these towns. When I went to David Lipscomb University (it was David Lipscomb College when I was there) in the early 70s, we (my parents and I) used to go through Decatur when we would go to Nashville. That's where Lipscomb is located. Now, because of the way the 65 interstate is built, you can bypass Decatur. I have also been to Moulton but that was several years ago. I found it to be a nice little town. Moulton is several miles north of here in Lawrence County. I hear there is an Indian Mound there that I would like to see sometime. I'm very much into Indian folklore and I've been told they have some kind of festival up there every so often. I would like to go to that sometime. The doctor I used to go to here in Jasper was from Moulton. He moved to Fairhope, Alabama, which is in South Alabama. I have also been to Montgomery several times in my life. That's about 2 hours south of here. My parents, nephews, cousins, and some friends of mine and I used to go to the rodeo they used to have every year in Montgomery during spring break at the colliseum. That's really a big place! We always enjoyed the rodeo, though. We would also go see the capitol building, the archives museum, and drive by the Governor's Mansion. It's a small world, isn't it? I'm so glad you really like our state! It is beautiful! Where do you live now? Coyotes are a menace to cattle and horses! I'm just glad I don't have to deal with them. They would kill my horse and little dog sure enough. Kathy.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Aug 11
Thank you for the best response!
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@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
20 Apr 10
When I was fourteen we moved about two miles away from where we had been living for 10 years. It wasn't much of a difference except there was a lot of trees behind out house. The house was small, but the land was about 2 acres. So the trees were at the very back of the property. A friend of my dad gave him two cows and a bull. It sounds weird because we weren't in the country. Anyway, I was feeding the cows one evening when one of the cows got really wide eyes. Her eyes were so huge I automatically looked around to see what she was seeing. It was a coyote. It was about 2 yards away from both of us. It saw me, but just kept on walking. It was kind of like, you think I'm going to bother with you? Now my dad grew up in the country. He didn't have a problem with coyotes, he had a problem with snakes! And there were a lot of them. When he was about ten, his mom told him to go pick the blackberries in the field behind their home. So he was walking out there and he stepped on something. He looked down and it was a snake! He said he was barefoot (they didn't wear their shoes unless they went to church or into town) so it really freaked him out.
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@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Oh, I forgot to answer. I'd rather hear a coyote. Living in my apartment I hear more ambulances. I really am not concerned with coyotes. I don't mess with them, and I don't think they'll mess with me.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
22 Apr 10
That's really interesting learning about your childhood. We all have things we remember about animals when we were young. It's neat that you took care of cows. I'd be a little leery about being around the bull, though! My grandparents used to have a buffalo farm here in Michigan many, many years ago. It's practically unheard of nowadays since there are fewer and fewer farms in this state nowadays. Here and there I'll see them, but it's rare. I'm much more afraid of snakes than I'll ever be of coyotes. I think I'll stick to your idea if I ever see a coyote - if I don't bother them, they won't bother me! I think that's probably the best way to approach that issue. I like your answer as well since you're familiar with those animals. Ambulances always mean bad news, so I'm convinced by the responses to this discussion that it's probably better to hear coyotes instead! Thanks so much for your response and sharing those stories with me! I really enjoyed them.
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@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
22 Apr 10
You're so nice.
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@urbandekay (18312)
20 Apr 10
I've heard deer fighting in the garden, sounds like someone walking with hobnail boots on. Badgers fighting, perhaps one of the most ferocious sounds you can imagine. The dry bark of a dog fox. Hoots and screeches of owls. And when sleeping in the woods a hundred sounds for which no rational explanation could be imagined. all the best urban
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
22 Apr 10
That's so incredibly interesting all the sounds you've heard. The only deer I see are those on the side of busy roads contemplating whether or not to cross (and take the risk of getting hit by a car) or those that have already become roadkill. It's really very sad. I've only seen a couple badgers in really life, but it seems to me like they could become very aggressive, so I have come to close to any of them. I find it funny that you mentioned the owl because it reminded me of a silly story. My in-laws live an hour north of where my husband and I live. We see them at least over other week if not more often. When my husband and I were on our honeymoon last summer, we left our dog with them. Normally, he's an inside dog, but no so with my in-laws, which is fine since I respect that they like to keep their home clean and dog hair free (LOL). They've made a really nice dog pen as an addition onto their shed outside, so that's where our dog stays when he's up there. My in-laws told me that one night at about 4 AM, they heard an owl hooting and sure enough, they could hear our dog starting to howl as well. (It's probably the Husky blood in him!) It was so cute. We got a good laugh out of it when they told us about that. Animals really are intriguing!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
20 Apr 10
This takes me back to my good old days when we used to hear the foxes howl in distance wood! Things have changed much after that. The country side that I am talking about, now is a town, a full fledged one. The kids hear about foxes in folklores only. I live in a metropolis, a capital and a very busy city. We can hear the sirens and honking till late night and post that we hear the whistles of the night watchman. This has been a laughing stock for years now among us sisters. When he whistles the burglars get alarmed and get o know about his whereof which they wouldn't have otherwise!
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
29 Aug 11
Hi there! I'm thinking back to the good ol' days now too lol. I'm sure my city used to be the country. My parents tell me when the private school I went to as a kid used to be a farm with fields and such. Now there's a subdivision around it with the school, busy streets, and gas stations. It's crazy how everything has changed in only a few years! I always like to get away to the country and remember what that's like. I live in a very busy city myself. I vaguely remember when it was more country. However, I like the conveniences of the store being only a couple minutes away, being able to walk to the Coney Island for dinner or the ice cream shop, although I hate all the traffic!
• United States
20 Apr 10
I live in the country, so I am used to hearing wolves and coyotes howling at night. That is a normal, natural thing here, so I hardly even notice it when it happens. If I don't hear it, though, then I notice it more - what I mean is that if I am traveling or something and do not hear that as a background noise at night, then I have a harder time sleeping because the night doesn't sound right. I have a hard time sleeping in the city. There are too many foreign noises for me to sleep well. I definitely think that hearing ambulance, police or fire sirens would only increase my sleeplessness.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
22 Apr 10
Wow, you've definitely brought up a good point. I've never looked at it this way, but you're exactly right. Why wouldn't we want to hear the animals? They're a natural noise whereas an ambulance siren always means trouble. I find it interesting that you have a harder time sleeping when you can't hear the coyotes and wolves. I remember when I lived at my parents' house, it was in a regular subdivision in the city, but there was a patch of thick woods across from their house where we could always hear the tree frogs in the summer. Now that I live a few miles down the road and not as near the woods, I really miss hearing the frogs. They were so peaceful. I guess that's exactly the same as hearing the howling. When I would be outside and could hear the frogs, they would comfort me and remind me that it was summer and the weather was nice. I associate those noises with good memories, so that is more than likely how you view the sounds of coyotes and wolves. Clearly preference depends on what we've experienced. I really appreciate your response in allowing me to look at this subject in a completely different way. Thanks so much!
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@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
20 Apr 10
I've lived in both big cities and rural areas of Texas. The ambulances and fire trucks I get used too to some extent. Of course being a wildland firefighter, I'm always wondering where they are headed and hoping it's nothing bad. As for hearing the coyotes, I love to hear them, and more so when you can hear the young ones. It was always kind of a lonesome sound to me. As to which I would rather hear, either one, neither really bother me.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
29 Aug 11
Hi there! I'm glad neither sound really bothers you. I'm not a firefighter or anything, but many times when I hear the sirens I wonder where they're going and why as you do. I'm sure in your line of work, you've seen a lot of crazy things, but it's depressing for me to think how many times the ambulances go by every day. When the sirens are going, you can never tell yourself that it's just a "test" or that it's not really anything because you can't fake that!
@hisoka147 (606)
• Philippines
20 Apr 10
Sad to say that I do not have any experience about a howling coyote or wolf but dogs preferably Lol because I simply lived near a city. Of course it's too noisy that sometimes there are some ambulances running around as well as trucks and other vehicles that usually troubles my sleep. Anyway, those creepiness can be taken care off and it's simply matter of getting used into it.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
22 Apr 10
I think you're exactly right. If I decided to move to the country where I would hear coyotes howling at night, I would simply have to get used to the noises. It might scare me at first, but I would learn to love living in the country and would in turn get used to all the sounds it would bring as I've done here in the city. By the way, I've also heard a howling dog - my own - LOL! (He's part Husky, so he likes to howl at the moon...not really, but he howls whenever he feels the need - he he.) Thanks for your response!
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Hi, JJ4Ever. I would rather hear an ambulance than an coyote. The coyote sounds very scary. I have heard wolves howling and they sound creepy. I live in the middle of the city limits and I hear ambulances all of the time. It is very scary. I am telling you. I hear it mostly in the daytime and the evening time. I would be afraid to hear coyotes howling at night if I was to live in the country. An ambulance in a crowded city is more appealing to me.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
22 Apr 10
Hi there! I know that normally we wouldn't choose either sound to annoy us as we try to sleep - LOL! I agree with you that the ambulance is the better choice for me as well having already been creeped out by coyotes a few years back. I've also heard wolves howling, and it's not a very settling sound. Thanks, Cream!
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• India
17 Apr 13
hello thanks for this discussion I live in india, in a medium size city, sirens are common these days, the vips put siren and red lights in their vehicles, very disturbing lol.