[She's leading, he's following.]
A pair of coyotes passed the camera on the morning of December 31st. Though they were moving away from the camera, we were grateful nonetheless.
Judging from the number of turds on it, this a one hot coyote route.
We gathered a couple handsful of the fur-packed goodies back in December and made a false latrine right where the male coyote is pausing in the picture above.
During the previous period the latrine didn't slow them down at all. The camera made 13 exposures in 41 days, and not a single one had an animal in it.
Passing coyotes were probably out of sight by the time the camera fired up and shuttered (about 3.5 seconds).
Notice that they are staying close together. The mating season (January-March) is close at hand.
You can also see their tail glands quite well -- those are the black spots on the base of the tail.
A pair of coyotes on the last day of the year . . . could this be a harbinger of better coyote luck next year?
[The dog trot continues.]