High Coyotes?


So apparently, some coyotes in California (or just one?) have been acting strange lately, jumping onto the highway and staring down cars. Of course, most likely this is due to the common occurrence of wild animals losing their fear of humans after too much close contact with us, but for some reason the theory has been floated that the coyotes are tripping on fly agaric mushrooms.

Are amanitas even out at this time of year in that area? They aren’t in my neck of the woods, which isn’t that far away. And do we know if coyotes’ digestive systems would process fresh, raw amanitas into the requisite chemical compounds that cause psychoactive reactions? (Humans need them to be dried, but reindeer seem to get along fine with the fresh kind.) Seems like a long shot, but just goes to show that our collective cultural consciousness is still obsessed with the idea of psychedelic fly agarics!

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One Response to High Coyotes?

  1. Lee says:

    I’ve watched squirrels munching on the much stronger cousin amanita pantherina, and have seen evidence them stashing bits in woodpecker holes drying in the sunlight. I’ve been suspicious that cat and dogs would be interested in their inherently meaty rich smell as my friends animals prove be wildly curious, though I’ve never even opened the containers in the room with them. I think its highly plausible and even likely many animals are aware of and consume these mushrooms on purpose (accident too, surely).

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