Calves are hitting the ground like no body’s business. Yesterday evening as I was checking heifers, a very attentive mother stood looking very concerned over her calf just born, still wet calf and I realized why when I saw a coyote sitting not 100 feet from her. Coyotes are blamed for high calf attrition rates by most, but in fact are scavengers. Naturally, they will take advantage of an opportunity to chew on a live calf, but normally they are after scraps of afterbirth, a calf that did not make it, or cake left over from the feeding ground. He didn’t seem to be concerned about me as I scooted off to check the rest of the pasture.