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!