Rose Chilcoat doesn’t mind being called an old broad. She’s one of the outspoken leaders of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness—a national, grassroots nonprofit organization of mainly senior citizen women dedicated to protecting the roadless public lands of America.
Driving east on I-64 into Charlottesville early one morning, I glimpsed what looked like a medium-sized dog dart across the highway. Straight and fast and focused, it shot across four lanes of traffic, up the right hand embankment and away. It took me a few seconds to register what I’d seen. This was no confused and starving wild dog—this was a full-grown, healthy coyote.