Mom Checks In, by Charles Wood



I was pleased to see Mom in her field just after sunset.  A week or so ago I also saw a lone coyote in the field, too far away to identify.  I haven’t seen Mom, Dad and their juvenile together for almost two months.

It had been so long since I’d seen my coyotes that a friend asked me if I thought that they had left.  Anything is possible.  However I doubt that Mom and Dad would willingly leave productive range.  Mom looks like she is getting enough to eat.  Their field allows them to reproduce more or less in secret.  Dad has been in that field for well over a year and Mom may have been there as long, though certainly since late January 2010.

Mom’s most noticeable distinguishing feature is her drooping ear, now noticeably worse and worrisome to me.  I had thought her ear drooped for fighting, but now think she has an infection.  She spotted me standing on the river bank and stood staring until I began to leave.  As I walked she moved off the road to watch from cover while lying down.  From that brush-obscured vantage point she could also watch north, east and south.  Smart coyote, always working.

Each visit invites me back.  Is their youngster still there?  How is Dad doing?  Will the couple stay put?  Will they have pups again?  Is Mom’s ear a threat?  Will they be in that field long enough for me to see them start showing gray?

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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