Sometimes having the camera sitting on the truck seat on the way to work pays off. This week I took a favorite detour on my way in to the office and came upon two coyotes crossing a field. The coyote in todays post appears to be a younger one and is in the middle of shedding it's winter coat. They seemingly shrink to about 1/2 of their size after shedding. I guess this is a testament to how thick (and effective) their winter coats are.
The coyote appears often in the tales and traditions of Native Americans—usually as a very savvy and clever beast. Modern coyotes have displayed their cleverness by adapting to the changing American landscape. These members of the dog family once lived primarily in open prairies and deserts, but now roam the continent's forests and mountains. They have even colonized cities like Los Angeles, and are now found over most of North America. Coyote populations are likely at an all-time high.
These adaptable animals will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, and even deer. They also happily dine on insects, snakes, fruit, grass, and carrion.