Just a few of minutes ago I watched three adult whitetail does (in a wooded area of my yard) holding their tail straight up and flared as wide as they could. I knew something had them spooked and on the alert, and they were signaling such. I started watching them closely and they kept looking at the wooded area near my backyard garage (about 100 yards from them). All three then suddenly took off running across the neighbor's yard with tails 'on high'. So, I started watching back by the garage and, confirming my suspicion, here comes a coyote from behind the garage, nose to the ground. He's sniffing around the backyard right now looking for 'left overs' that we throw out. He looks a little 'rough' and hungry, but not real mangy. Doubt he's any threat to the adult deer, but a yearling might be at risk. Coyotes are not rare around my house, but it's unusual to see them at 11:00AM. I really enjoy observing nature like that!