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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Coyote spooks at the badger dig

7:49:38 PM

Like Black Tail Jack, Coyote also reacted with trepidation at the badger dig.

It's hard to say why, but it is not the camera that got its attention.

More likely another coyote, possibly the resident territory holder.

7:47:53 PM

The source of threat had moved when the second photo was taken.

Coyote was photographed one last time "making tracks" and eyeing the threat, which seems to have changed its position.

  7:48:32 PM

The images remind me of a scene in Lawrence of Arabia.

Remember when Sherif Ali shot Lawrence's Bedouin guide at the oasis?

A peaceful scene in the desert gave way to panic.

For trespassing at the well the Bedouin paid with his life  -- shot dead while scrambling to his camel.

I am sure coyote was luckier.

If it met the resident honcho, its punishment probably wasn't anything worse than a bite in the butt.


Mr. Smiley said...

Maybe the resident was at home!

randomtruth said...

That's some interesting behavior for sure. He's wary, but not fully spooked. Do the elk move around at night? Could they elicit that kinda response?

Camera Trap Codger said...

Elk are there, but the yotes are exposed to large ungulates (= catttle + horses + elk) all the time. I expect they respond to them as non-working farm dogs do, indifferent around healthy adults, interested in birthing cows, and the sick, the dying, and the dead.

Kitt said...

Did you see this? Wildlife photog stripped of award for using trained wolf.


Camera Trap Codger said...

Thanks Kitt, but they must have pulled the page.