Acme Coyote watch

A friend put this up on Facebook, and I am not at all sure it’s for real, but it could be from a police department with a sense of humor. Todd Baxter is indeed listed as the Sheriff of Monroe County, New York.

And even if it’s not real, it’s pretty damn funny. You’ll recognize the references from the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons.


  1. Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    That is perfect. I grew up on Wile E. 🙂

  2. busterggi
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Well Coyote is a trickster.

  3. Merilee
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Ya gotta beware of anything ACME🙀

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    No reference to Roadrunner. Although not many roadrunners in NY.

    • Posted October 13, 2018 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      I was quite surprised to learn that a real bird is called roadrunner.

  5. Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    The calories-in, calories-out imbalance, ACME notwithstanding, strongly suggests that in real life coyotes don’t target roadrunners.

  6. Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Roadrunner was one of my favorite cartoons.

    I hate the real coyotes as I fear for my cats. My security camera has caught them running through my backyard in the middle of the night. I bring the cats in at night but I know the coyotes are also active during the day.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      You are correct to worry about that. We lost a cat several years ago to the coyotes. I am still kicking myself for that one.

      • merilee
        Posted August 28, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

        I believe I’ve lost 2 kitties to Wileys over the last 20 years. Current kitties never allowed outside, though Carmen Dingle always tries to make a getaway…

    • Posted August 29, 2018 at 6:02 am | Permalink

      “I hate the real coyotes”

      Well I don’t doubt it’s upsetting to lose a cat or poultry or similar to Coyote but on the other hand it’s a native North American species that shows an impressive adaptability and ability to survive in a wide range of hostile environments. There’s something to admire in that and as they were certainly present in North America long before Europeans showed up and created the US of A I’d argue that they have a right to their place on the land and it’s up to human farmers and pet owners to protect their charges properly (and without resort to poisons or inhumane traps or, ideally, shooting them).

      As I understand it the species is doing well and there is no risk of them being wiped out any time soon and I for one am glad of that.

      • Merilee
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

        Despite their having eaten two of my kitties, I do feel sorry for the coyotes in my neighborhood, who are being choked out of their natural greenspaces.

      • darrelle
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 9:53 am | Permalink

        They are quite beautiful animals too.

        We have coyotes living in our area. My cat and I had one casually trot within 20 feet of us early one morning as we were standing together on our front porch. The neighbors dog has been chased across our backyards at least once, in day light, with several people around. We hear them regularly at night. Sometimes far, sometimes like the whole group is right outside the window. Any sightings I’ve had, even the 20 foot encounter, the coyotes have completely ignored me, though I’m sure they were aware of me before I was aware of them. Any that I’ve seen have also looked healthy and, well, beautiful.

        I don’t discount the possible dangers, particularly to pets, but I am actually very happy to live with coyotes in the neighborhood. They seem to have adapted very well and in such a way that they are not nuisance enough to enough people to get themselves killed or relocated.

  7. Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I suppose there is a realistic reason to call 911, which is where the coyote shows signs of significant illness, consistent with having rabies.

    • yazikus
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      True. I see them often, but if they seem appropriately shy I don’t mind. A few years ago, there was quite the coyote debacle up near Seattle. There were three coyotes who had made themselves at home in an affluent neighborhood and ate a pet or two. Then they began to follow kids home from the bus stop. An USDA Urban Coyote Specialist was called in to work on the situation (euthanize the coyotes), but one of the town council people also happened to sit on PETA’s national board and was not pleased. People began protesting the UCS and were wearing buttons in support of keeping the coyotes.

      The UCS had to testify in front of the town council about why they couldn’t be left or removed (they would come right back) and he ended up having to do the operation stealthily under cover of night. They later found out that a woman had been leaving 40lb bags of dog food out at night and that was what attracted them to the neighborhood in the first place. A very sad story that we wouldn’t have heard about if it weren’t for irresponsible humans.

      • Posted August 28, 2018 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

        Reminds me of my years living in California, where very strong sympathies for wildlife are never far. I can normally align with such sympathies. But on one occasion a mountain lion had stalked and killed a jogger. It evidently had lost fear of people, and so it was ‘taken out’. This was not done out of revenge, but for the sake of public safety. Other options like live trapping or darting were possible, but those methods have a higher rate of failure and meanwhile the clock was ticking.
        The reasons for the action taken were communicated very clearly to the public, but still there were impassioned protests by some who did not — could not — see that public safety should come first.

      • Posted October 13, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        Tha woman was Moron of the Year!

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Well, you should stay away from such individual animals.

      Which may be why the poster list signs of rabid coyotes that you can see from afar.

  8. Dave Larson
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m probably not the person whose post you saw on FB, though I did post it also.
    A quick Google search shows images of the same “letter” from various law-enforcement agencies going back at least 4 months. I’m a bit disappointed that I fell for it, though it’s still a funny bit.

    • Dave Larson
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      Found a reference more than a year old. Fort Bend, TX. Still don’t know if there’s a real, original post.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted August 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

        Well traced. The July 2017 Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office facebook post is real – though I’ve found older versions for other police departments going back to April 2017

        The Monroe County example in the OP is faked up [unofficial] as can be seen by this example of an official notice that includes an address for the office. The grammar & spelling errors point towards a non-cop prankster – this is a big sheriff’s office with very good literacy [I looked at their facebook]

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted August 28, 2018 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

        This is the MCSO facebook page. No sign of the Coyote thing in August & I can’t be bothered to look further back.

        Most notable thing about the facebook from a Brit POV is that sheriff Todd K. Baxter sure loves a post that includes his own mugshot – I suppose he’s elected & political showboating comes first.

        • merilee
          Posted August 28, 2018 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

          Whoever does the political showboating of one’s (ugly, orange) mug remind me of???

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted August 28, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

            Yeah the Orange One is an outlier out & out liar. He must believe his own shit or his head would explode. I enjoyed especially the story of his faked, framed Time Magazine cover that hangs [or used to hang?] in the public areas of ‘his’ Trump-branded golf clubs: March 1, 2009 – “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” & “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”

            Time Inc. demanded he remove them & I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Time shamed him in a future cover HERE

            • Merilee
              Posted August 28, 2018 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

              Cannot imagine a worse man.

            • infiniteimprobabilit
              Posted August 29, 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink

              It must require a peculiar degree of ego and stupidity to piss off a magazine whose cover you desperately want to feature on.

              Currently he’s threatening Google because Google searches for his name return too many unflattering results. Like that’s going to turn out really well…



  9. GBJames
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink


  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Beware ostensible tunnels on cliff-sides.

    • Taz
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      Why? Those tunnels work very well for everything but the coyote.

    • Posted August 29, 2018 at 5:07 am | Permalink

      I don’t know why we don’t make more use of coyote engineering skills. Need a tunnel through a mountain? Just get a coyote to paint one on its side.

  11. Barry Lyons
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I think this is real. And it makes sense: you’re NOT going to see a coyote doing any of these things, so leave us (the Monroe County sheriff and others) and the coyotes alone!

  12. Posted August 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    There will come a time, sadly, when a future generation will not know of these cultural references. What is this about coyotes and ACME and TNT? They will ask.

    Perhaps that generation is among us now!

    • Hempenstein
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      There will come a generation, maybe already, who doesn’t get to see the full cartoons – they’ll get some special, explaining them and showing snippets, the same thing that happened to the Laurel & Hardy, Little Rascals et al that I grew up on.

      • darrelle
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 10:09 am | Permalink

        Far worse has already happened, starting many years ago. New versions of classic Looney Toons cartoons, often featuring the children of the original characters. OMFG, they are horrible. Even my kids, the target audience disliked them. Being a responsible parent I of course introduced them to the originals, which they of course loved.

        But countless poor children have been raised on nothing but the awful derivative shows and know nothing of the originals. It’s like a re-writing of history! Or perhaps it was all a small part of a nefarious plan to dumb down America, starting with children, by replacing the clever, multi-level originals with horrible, cloying, simplistic garbage.

        • Merilee
          Posted August 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

          My 2-yr-old granddaughter loves a very cute Russian cartoon series called Masha and the Bear, sans subtitles.

  13. Ann German
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    At night here in NW MT, the coyotes sing to one another across the valleys . . . very melodic, with occasional “yips” thrown in. I never let my cats outside so don’t worry about them, but the wild turkeys seem to be avoiding them quite well.

    • Posted August 29, 2018 at 6:08 am | Permalink

      I guess wild turkeys and coyotes have coexisted in North America for a very long time.

  14. DrBeydon
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Sufferin’ succoatash!

  15. Daniel P Aurand
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Road Runner Finally gets caught by Wile E. Coyote Epic

    • BJ
      Posted August 29, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      That punch line really makes it great.

      • Merilee
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        Love the RR skull on top of the tv.

  16. Joseph O’Sullivan
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure about western NY where Monroe county is but in the NYC area coyotes were once very rare. Coyote sightings even made the local news. A lot of people were kind of freaked out about seeing large predators in their neighborhood and started dialing 911. The local authorities told the public to be alert but not to panic. A sign like this could address that with some humor.

  17. John Dentinger
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I live in that Monroe County (used to live in Florida’s Monroe County, too-go figure), and I have to say that I can find very little humor in the Sheriff’s approach to law enforcement. I have seen foxes, turkeys & deer in the back 40, but no coyotes. In any case, we don’t let our cats out.

  18. BJ
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Coyotes are such jerks. One time, I was eating a lovely dinner at a very nice steak and seafood joint. Just as I was finishing my stuffed lobster tails, a coyote came up behind me and choked me out, took my wallet, and threw my food on the ground.

    Fucking coyotes.

  19. kieran
    Posted August 29, 2018 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Road runner top speed 32 KPH(20 mph)
    Coyote top speed is 69 KPH(43 mph)
    Childhood ruined!

    • Merilee
      Posted August 29, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      I was shocked when I saw my first real roadrunner on the road in Arizona. They are soooo much smaller than Wile E., which fact you would not glean from the cartoons.

      • Posted August 31, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

        But I greatly enjoyed the Warner nature documentaries as a kid! Say it ain’t so!

    • busterggi
      Posted August 29, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Road Runner – can fly

      Coyote – can only fly using Acme rocket that will blow him up.

      Childhood rescued.

      • kieran
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

        Thank you!

  20. Posted August 29, 2018 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    It’s a shame that Wile E will be rembered for his obsessive pursuit of roadrunner, rather than for being the most talented painter of tunnels from his generation.

  21. Posted August 29, 2018 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I misread this title as “Acme Coyne Watch.” Ha ha.

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