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Coyote Wading A Slough

July 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Three years ago I was sitting on the Phillip Parks Memorial Fishing Pier at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge when I saw two Coyotes wading in Reeves Slough. One of the Coyotes left the water and went into the tall weeds. The other continued walking the edge of the slough in front of me. I have watched Coyotes hunting together like this before. Years ago I saw a pair walking the banks of a creek. Each Coyote was on a different side of the creek. I read that when hunting large prey, the coyote often works in pairs or small groups.

The Coyote I was photographing in the water kept looking at my pickup which was parked near the pier. I don't think it ever saw me on the pier. It continued down the edge of the slough until it was out of sight. It stopped and looked into the tall weeds several times before disappearing out of sight.

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Coyote Facts

  • Like other canids, the coyote caches excess food.
  • Coyotes catch mouse-sized rodents by pouncing, whereas ground squirrels are chased.
  • Although coyotes can live in large groups, small prey is typically caught singly.
  • Coyotes sometimes urinate on their food, possibly to claim ownership over it.
  • Coyotes may occasionally form mutualistic hunting relationships with American badgers, assisting each other in digging up rodent prey. The relationship between the two species may occasionally border on apparent "friendship", as some coyotes have been observed laying their heads on their badger companions or licking their faces without protest. (Wikipedia)



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