This is the view I have when I look out my kitchen or bedroom window, looking almost directly north. We get some pretty spectacular cloud formations where I live, and storms rush down the valley which winds its way at the bottom of those hills. The farm you see is perched on top of a huge hill that has many sandstone outcroppings. In amongst those stones is the den of a family of coyotes. During winter they are much easier to spot - they show up against the snow, but during this time of year, they are much easier to hear. Every night around 10:00, they yelp and howl, and set all the dogs in the area also howling. It is fun to listen to coyotes in the late spring as they teach their pups to sing the coyote songs. The pups' voices are much higher and they can't howl as long at a time as the adults. There have been many nights when it sounds like they are in the trees right behind our house!
A couple of nights ago, as I was about to go out for a walk, our neighbor called. In that valley at the bottom of those hills is a creek, and sometimes creatures find their way from the mountains into that valley. She called to tell us that she had to put her horses in the barn and dogs in the kennel as they were all going crazy. Now, dogs will go crazy over coyotes, but not horses. Horses ignore coyotes as they pose no threat to them. What will put a horse into a frenzy is a cougar. Over the 12 years we have been here, we know of at least twice where cougars have found their way down from the mountains and into that valley. So, I decided to stay inside, and we put our dogs in their kennel as well.
Sometimes being close to wildlife is REALLY exciting! :-)