10/29/19 – Emily’s Pack

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 29, 2019.




In my research, I was surprised to find that Cougars are one of the most common (non human) predator of coyotes.


  1. War Pig

    As a note, I don’t think Nogg gets the credit he deserves. Yeah, he’s messed up, but the teams he picked actually did the things he chose them to do. He’s apparently a pretty good talent scout.

  2. Coyoty

    Too bad the chips only translate what people say, not what they mean.

    I assume Em-J will grow up speaking French as a primary language, because she’ll have the most exposure to Pierrot. In any case, I think she’ll need to have a primary language for chips to work with, with everyone around her speaking a different language. If she’s getting translations from everyone and doesn’t learn a language, anything she would try to say would be gibberish and untranslatable.

  3. FlySwatter

    I reckon that’s the difference between a writer and a good writer: research. I had no idea about the Cougars thing. I probably would’ve ended up killing the pack with a swarm of Meerkats. (and it would have been a swarm because I didn’t research the proper term for a group of them)

    1. Keith

      We have several packs and at least one “Liars club” by the airport. 🙂 Yes, they coyotes go hang out by the airport and “talk” like town dogs. There is at least one cougar puss that our town is part of her territory. I’ve been “eyes on” a cougar tom that was just passing through…he’d have been a permanent part of the pasture if he’d gone after my livestock. Then there’s the badger who likes me, the skunks, trash pandas, whistle pigs, damnable gophers. More worried about feral cats than I am coyote or cougar.

  4. Meran

    I wonder how many cougars are needed for each area full of coyotes to still retain viability? Usually, the further one goes UP the predator chain, the lower those numbers become. (Say 1000 mice to feed 1 coyote for a week… that kind of statistic. Adding the cougar in there….)

    There really ~aren’t many cougars anymore. (Aren’t CARS the biggest coyote killer? Or poison set out by farmers?)

  5. Muzhik

    And just showing how deep the dark depths of my mind go, my thought about reading “cougars” and “coyotes” is “now we have a name for the young human males who engage with older human females.

  6. Pete Rogan

    Hm. I used to cry that I had no shoes….

    ….until I met a man who could not dance.

    Loss is also what you make of it. Or what it makes of you, really. Depends on how you want to look at it. How Emily thinks about Ruddock especially. But Ruddock didn’t eat his own pack. Emily can’t shake the notion that she did eat her own.

    There’s more than one answer to these questions
    Pointing me in a crooked line
    And the less I seek my source for some definitive
    The closer I am to fine

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