Bullying And Dominance

Here is another instance of bullying and dominance between two 18-month old male coyote siblings: it has to do with coyote family dynamics. The dominant one rushes at the other with his hackles up and then pursues him aggressively. The other one runs off, crouches low, holds his ears back, and hits the ground. This trend continues on a stronger level than previously. Notice that at the end, the dominant coyote licks his chops: I’ve seen this before in this type of interaction and wonder what it means.

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