The Coyote

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The Coyote.
 
One of the first days we were in the Grand Tetons we spent some time driving along Gros Ventre looking for Moose. At one point we observed a Coyote down the road near a vehicle. I stopped our vehicle a couple hundred yards down the road. A good safe distance from the Coyote to photograph as it moved along the roadway. As we got out and set up the Coyote walked down the road towards our vehicle. I have to admit, we got a little caught up with the great scene, a Coyote isolated against snow. It seemed all of a sudden we realized the Coyote had gotten a little close to us. The image is fairly well cropped but at that point we decided it was time to stop shooting and get inside the vehicle. As the Coyote approached it was apparent he had been fed regularly from tourist and was there for a handout. I made noise and waved a snow shoe to get it to walk by us, hopefully discouraging the begging behavior. As it walked by us and down the road, you could see he had an area that was a wound probably from a squabble with a wolf or another coyote at a carcass. Another passerby commented it was unusual for the Coyote to come that close to people, I agreed and commented about the open wound, and was going to report it to the Park Service. The Coyote would be fine from the injury, but the approaching people would be a problem if it continued. About an hour later, I did see a Park Ranger and talked with him about the Coyote, which as we drove by saw it about 200 yards out in the snow. I pointed out where it was to him and he was going to observe it. He commented we did the right thing about not approaching it or running from it, which would have triggered a predatory instinct possibly. We talked about how sad it is the life of the Coyote could be put in danger by people coming to a wild area and then feeding wild animals. I showed him the images on the camera of the wounded area. He agreed it should heal. Please people, don’t feed wild animals, that may be what is the demise for the Coyote, not the wound. Let wild animals stay wild!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, 1/800th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens in Mode 1, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters
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7 Responses to “The Coyote”

  1. Bwhat a beautiful portrait. I agree with you, stop feeding wildlife

  2. Well said. And another great shot.

  3. Jon Stallings Says:

    What a beautiful picture. Here in Georgia the Coyote is increasing in numbers in the suburbs of metro Atlanta. I have yet to see one and I know they can be a nuisance but i am looking forward to my first sighting. However, I am being extra cautious when taking the dogs out at night.

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