If one is overwhelmed by the increasing growth of "reality" shows out there, to achieve a reality check - go out to where the wild things are, i.e. the natural world.
And one such visit gifted me a wonderful sighting of a coyote pack/family. I had seen the three younger coyotes the day before but this time, the three youngsters (I believe they were born Spring 2022, full grown but a little on the inexperienced side) were accompanied by an adult. Am not certain of the gender of the adult but there was no mistaking this as an older coyote because of its bulkiness & visible scars (Photo #7).
And yes, it was an ideal situation with the coyotes positioned across a creek and me safely on the other side. Yes, one or more could have crossed the creek but with an experienced adult to keep the "children" in line, the youngsters were more pre-occupied in the hilly terrain and the possibility of finding food and having the odd scratch (Photo #1 through Photo #3).
And in the end, the adult moved along the creek & then up the hill to cross over to the other side of the woods. That coyote was eventually followed by the other three, who took a more direct route moving along the ridge, most likely to meet up all together for a full day/night of hunting.
The youngsters have already proven their hunting abilities, catching rodents in the meadows, but hopefully now with some parental guidance they will fine tune their existing skills, tempered with a wariness of people.