Friday, February 23, 2007

A coyote - the former top dogs of Yellowstone - running up the hillside.

The last photo is in the Lamar Valley. The coyotes were not only awaiting their opportunity to feed at the elk carcass, there were 2 males and a female engaging in a bit of courtship. When a male would approach, she would avert her tail to allow the male a good sniff. This male was skulking off - at least temporarily.

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Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

"When a male would approach, she would avert her tail to allow the male a good sniff."

Strangely enough, this is also part of Paris Hilton's mating ritual.

Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! You got some great photos as well.

1:06 PM  
Blogger sage said...

this pictures are worth the wait (I'm at my parents on dail up that's connected at 32k). I've never seen a wolf in the wild, I've heard them, but not seen them. I once saw a coyote in Yellowstone--at a pull off area--he had been in a tangle with a porpipine and had quills in his mouth and looked so sad. Glad you had such a great trip and that you saw wolves along with foxes and coyotes.

2:06 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

If only human courtship were as easy.

5:27 PM  
Blogger LA said...

These are some nice, healthy-looking coyotes. I grew up in Agoura/Calabasas, and the coyotes didn't look nearly this good. They were pretty scrawny, in fact. I hated hearing their call at night, though, because it usually meant they were making a kill. It always creeped me out.

edit - word!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

mishy - ha!

sage - I saw a photo of a bear with the same plight . . . he looked miserable too

edit - agreed!

la - these coyotes were definitely bigger and fluffier and healthier looking than our local beasties

6:06 PM  
Blogger v said...

Great photos!

1:23 PM  

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