Friday, July 27, 2012

King of the Hill

Coyote on recycled asphalt mound

For years I've tried to lure in a Kalamazoo coyote using calls that imitate dying rabbits, fawns, or chickens, appealing to their base hunger. Or I've imitated their own howls, communicating either curiosity, territorialism, or sexual readiness. All with absolutely no success.

Well, this week I imitated a wounded coyote pup and VOILA!
In less than a minute, mom or dad magically appeared at the top of the asphalt mound, scanning the horizon in search of a pup in distress. I think it also brought in a juvenile.


A very difficult animal to photograph in our area.

It turns out the parental instincts were this coyote's weakness. When you think about it, that makes perfect sense.

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