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by a coyote. It “somehow managed to get into the enclosure and seize one of the dogs, and over the fence as if [it] were some sort of circus act” (Boyle 37). Here, we see two problems the coyote brings. One is of course the fear of the unknown and the other is the faulty idea of limiting mother nature’s power. The fear of the unknown is showcased by the family’s reaction to the coyote. The dread of witnessing their worst fear of having their dog taken away is an emotion they don’t acquire each and every day. For the Mossbachner family, the coyote is a barbaric, yet physical, acknowledgement of their worst fears. Their expressions of fear, anger and sorrow prove that they are not used to the sort of bump in their lives. To them, they moved to a gated community for their own safety however their safety and their peaceful lives are at risk. This brings us to the next point, the illusion of the Mossbachners being exempted from mother nature’s powers because they live in a gated community. The coyote is set as a reminder that there is no boundary in nature. It has a mind of its own and no gate can stop it. In effect to the loss of his pet, Delaney blames the community people for feeding the wild animals. He says that “if it wasn’t for those idiots leaving food out for the coyotes” his dog would still be alive (Boyle 39). Here the coyote played its role as the deliverer of doubt. It planted the seed of doubt into Delaney’s mind. To Delaney, the coyote is not apart of the environment. It is more of a threat than an animal he has to live cohesively with. Boyle plants this here for us so that we are given a preview on how Delaney views change and how he reacts to having things done differently than way he wants.
Victoria Yeo Professor Grundmeier English 0001B 03/17/2018 Next, we have America and Candido’s experiences with the coyote. America’s first encounter with the coyote was when she and Candido first attempted to cross the border. The

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