Not A Pup: Baby Coyotes Are Not Out Now

Several people have told me that they have seen baby coyotes wandering around — about “yea high” — half the height of a full-grown coyote. They all were adamant about what they had seen — “positive” beyond any doubt that they had seen a baby coyote, or several of them.

But coyotes only come into heat once a year, always in January or February. They are just being born right now. No small coyotes will be seen wandering about at this time of year. Baby coyotes spend the first month of their lives in dens — they do not emerge until they are 4-6 weeks old. I wondered if there was some kind of anomaly occurring, caused by a global warming problem or something like that maybe?

So I asked a gal who said she had seen them to please show me where this was. We went. Sure enough, we found a coyote jumping and hiding behind some bushes and then peering at us from its hiding place with wide open eyes and big ears. My friend said “yep, that’s it”. It sure acted like a little puppy, but it was a full-grown two-year old — one which I have been observing over the last two years. I actually thought it was interesting that some people see coyotes as shy little pups, and some see them as dangerous and large. Maybe it depends on how one WANTS to see them!

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  1. Daren R. Sefcik
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 14:39:33

    I finally saw a coyote come out today. It has been probably just over a month since the last sighting of coyotes in the canyon near my house. When my dog and I started down into the canyon I knew immediately we would see coyotes just from the behavior of my dog. He has a very different reaction when coyotes are near, he is very intense about sniffing the air with his head pointed up or very,very intense about smelling the ground. As he pulled me down the trail desperately trying to locate the origin of the coyote smell I noticed a lone coyote up on a hill watching us, he moved away once I made eye contact with him. We continued our walk all the while my dog intensely sniffing the ground like a bloodhound and also inspecting the tips of every branch near the trail edge. I noticed several times where the coyote had come down the hill and was following us at a distance of 25-30 yards. He stayed visually elusive, keeping hidden behind bushes but I could see him from my taller vantage point where my dog could not from lower down. I made sure to give my dog loud vocal commands to deter the coyote from coming too close and we finished our hike without any problems.

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    • yipps
      Apr 14, 2011 @ 19:22:07

      Although coyotes in this area have been glimpsed in the last few month, it has been only sporadically and only very briefly. But today, here, too — no kidding — we saw two out and about for the first time in months. A few of the dog owners here know when a coyote is around because their dogs smell and sense the coyote from quite a distance — at least 300 or 400 feet away and act differently. That your dog sniffs high in the air or close to the ground is really interesting. And the “following” that you noticed I have found to be more so with the first person and dog to arrive at a park. The coyote is very curious: “Where are you going, and what are you doing?” I think its always best to keep moving. This is the coyote’s territory, and although he doesn’t mind you passing through calmly, he doesn’t want you setting up house and challenging his space!

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