Coyotes In The City: The Capitol - Poem by Chuck Toll
A National Geographic piece on coyotes
In Rock Creek Park unleashed a flood
Of agents from the FBI, BLM and HUD,
Plus reporters dispatched for sequel stories.
The city's angry citizens demanded
Eradication of beasts that lurked and stole.
Discovering one cowering in a badger hole,
They wanted it to Wildlife Services remanded.
With skills acquired in its new environs,
The coyote demanded legal aid and phone,
Ignored subpoenas, claimed it was a legal resident.
Lawyered up, it said it would rather wear leg irons
Or be eaten by lions than endure committees drone
Or mendacious speeches by the president.
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