…With my car. Just last night, actually.
I was driving down the highway at around 9:00PM - it was dark, raining, and just a little bit foggy. As I rounded a gentle curve at about 55MPH, I noticed a car maybe a hundred yards in front of me pulling over to the side with its hazard blinkers on. I started to slow down, and my attention was focused on the other car. It was only as I approached it that I saw what the blinkers must’ve been about - a pack of large coyotes, milling about in the other lane, just barely visible on the edge of my headlight beams.
Maybe half a second after I saw them, one of the coyotes decided to dash right in front of my car - I hit the brakes, but there was no way I could stop in time. I was probably going about 35MPH when I hit it, sending it tumbling through the air in an impressively long arc. It was a surprisingly hard impact; the car shuddered, but thankfully the airbag didn’t deploy. As for the coyote, it flopped onto the shoulder like a ragdoll about fifteen yards away. There was no way it lived through that one, though on the plus side it probably didn’t suffer much.
I judged that it was too dangerous to stop and inspect that damage by the side of the highway in the dark, so I just continued on home. There it was revealed that the coyote had torn off the license plate, and left a surprisingly deep dent in the front corner of the hood, just above the grill. Ah well, that’s what insurance is for. At least it wasn’t a moose.
Now, here’s the weird part: after discovering that the front license plate was missing, my dad and I drove out again to see if maybe it was still lying by or on the road. However, we had a hard time finding the location of the collision, because the coyote was gone. Only about half an hour had elapsed, and I’m pretty darn sure nobody would’ve stopped in the dark and the driving rain to push a dead coyote off the shoulder, when it wasn’t obstructing traffic as it was. D’you think his packmates dragged him off and ate him? Do coyotes do that? :dubious:
One way or another, that’s the largest animal I’ve had the dubious honor of adding to my roadkill tally so far. It joins a rabbit, a squirrel, and a couple of suicidal birds. No deer yet, fortunately.