Coyote Pup

August 25, 2017  •  1 Comment

I see two Coyote pups in the same area on most of my visits this summer to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I tried numerous times to photograph them, but when I see them, they are on the road in front of my pickup. I am unable to photograph anything in front of my pickup because I would need to get out of my pickup and this would scare the wildlife.

Yesterday I saw both of these pups, but this time one of them stayed on the road and sat down like it was waiting for me. I drove as close as I thought I could get and got out of my pickup and took some photos. A few minutes later it moved into the weeds on the side of the road and sat down. I got back into my pickup and moved it closer.  I took a chance and got back out of my pickup and was able to get a few more photos. This Coyote didn't seem to care and just looked around like it was giving me different poses. After a few more minutes it walked into a nearby corn field out of sight.

This summer I have seen more Coyote pups than I have in my past years going to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. So far I have counted five pups. I also saw a large pack of Coyotes a few days ago. I counted nine Coyotes in the pack. I am wondering if the wild hogs that are being killed and left lying for the Coyotes to eat are the reason they are doing so well.

I read that pups may leave their families in August, though can remain for much longer. The pups attain adult dimensions at eight months and gain adult weight a month later. Although coyotes prefer fresh meat, they will scavenge when the opportunity presents itself.

What I found interesting is that It sometimes eats unusual items such as cotton cake, soybean meal, domestic animal droppings, beans, and cultivated grain such as corn, wheat, and sorghum. (Source: Wikipedia)


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If there are coyotes in the neighborhood, I can generally count on them to keep my lawn picked up.
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