Pupping Season, by Charles Wood

Dad

Here in LA County my coyote watching continues. The pack I’ve followed for several years has been near their den area after a hiatus of many months. Last year several yearlings stayed with the two I call Mom and Dad, stayed at least through the fall. The two younger coyotes I’ve seen in the last month may be last year’s yearlings, last year’s pups, or both. The coyote sitting is a young one that has stationed itself at the den area entrance. It is helping its parents by its vigilance. The standing coyote barking is its father, Dad.

Helper

Dad’s health has improved since last summer. He is active, has a healthy coat, and is of normal weight. Dad is pictured dividing his warning yips between me and some unknown annoyance outside the left of the frame. He is headed towards the den area, already guarded by at least one other family member.

It is about time for Mom, if indeed pregnant, to deliver her pups. It sure looks like her family is preparing for just such an event.

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

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