Since moving to our KY farm 2 years ago, I’ve become intrigued by our coyote neighbors and thankful to find your blog, Yipps. The observations of you and Mr. Wood add greatly to my understanding of the animal. I marvel at the photos and videos. It’s a rare occasion when I actually see a coyote and my efforts at wildlife photography are dismal, to say the least.
In recent days I responded to Mr. Wood’s interesting observations with a story of a coyote caught on my game camera in the past few days. I’ve attached the photos with a request that you share with Mr. Wood and others if the photos are of any interest in documenting the animals and their habits.
The camera sits on a tractor path which runs through our farm (about 1/2 mile) ending at our neighbor’s hay field. The camera is attached to a tree near the back of the farm. It faces a soybean field. The tree is part of a tree line separating our farm from a vacant, overgrown field. I set up the camera in the Spring and was rewarded with shots of deer, turkeys, raccoons, squirrels, a bobcat, and brief glimpses on occasion of a coyote trotting by — usually a paw or a tail. However, by late Summer, I no longer captured any photos with the camera! Possibly due to the drought, wildlife seemed to take a different path. I soon discovered a coyote was visiting our nearby corn field, instead.
Then the rains came. I saw a large deer print on the path and thus put the camera back out. The camera takes 12 photos — I don’t have a chip in — and all of the photos were of a coyote who seems interested in an ear of corn — possibly dropped by another animal. Attached are 2 photos. However, I also had photos of the coyotes (mostly shots of tail or a foot) from 8 pm to 1 am. I wonder what was so interesting on that path. Last night I got another coyote photo in the same spot — however it appears to be a different coyote and I wonder if it has a scar on its leg? I also have observed several scat along the path — some of which includes berries and dark hair.
This I really can’t add any knowledge but offer the photos of KY coyotes and wonder what is so interesting along the path??
Thank you — Barbara
PS: Oh, my husband looked at the photos and thinks its not corn but part of a corn shuck – I still think there was a small cob there – now its gone. If just part of a corn shuck, maybe the coyote saw it float through the air before landing on the path. Who knows??