“Mom and Dad”, by Charles Wood


Sunday I returned to the field that is home to a female coyote, her mate and 7 pups.  I seldom see the male and female together.  Either I see Mom, Dad or Dad and pups.  Sunday I saw the parents together.  A third coyote was with them.  It may have been a pup, but it hid too quickly to be sure.

I went into their field half an hour before sunset and stood on the west side looking northeast.  The north end of their field is a major street that has a dirt road underpass.  The dirt road allows access to a nature area to the north.  I have wondered if my coyotes hunt there.  I hoped to confirm it by catching Mom in the underpass.  After 20 minutes of waiting I became restless and went instead to stand inside the underpass and look south.

I soon saw Mom heading towards me.  Seeing me, she stopped and stared.  A minute or two later Dad appeared.  He also stopped.  Both then stepped into brush.  They soon appeared again only closer.  Dad began to scrape dirt as Mom resumed her stare.  Neither retreated much, and when they did they soon returned.  Mostly they moved side to side.  Dad made an effort to defecate.  Of course they, as always, wanted me to depart.  I complied, quit the underpass and climbed up the embankment on the north side of the street.  The sun had set and from the street I saw a coyote run east in the nature area and disappear.  I hadn’t actually seen that coyote emerge from the underpass, and it was too dark to identify it.  Was it Mom, Dad or some other coyote?  I waited a bit, saw nothing more and went home.

Posting written by Charles Wood. Visit Charles Wood’s website for these and more coyote photos: Charles Wood. His work is copyrighted and may only be used with his explicit permission.

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