Mapping Trekking Behavior #2: In An Urban Park & Woods

I’ve been mapping some trekking behavior lately. Here is a second trekking map. The mapping allows me to describe a larger, yet delimited chunk of time and space: where do coyotes go and what do they do? This trek was two hours long and covered an area of about 1/3 mile — as the crow flies — in an urban park with surrounding woods.  There were two coyotes involved.

During this two hour trek I took about 300 photos. I culled these down to 100 — but, I thought, who’s going to look at 100 photos? So I cut them down to 50 photos — but who’s going to look at 50?  Well, I needed 50 because I’m using the photos this time to tell the story — without any additional text except this introduction. Hope it works and is interesting! In summary: the coyotes explored, sniffed, marked, hunted, constantly communicated between themselves, waited for the other, avoided human and dog activity except to watch it at a great distance, played, looked around, hid, spooked at times, were wary of cars, were in the street, drank water, caught a gopher, did not catch a squirrel they went after, had a dog encounter, followed a dog. These coyotes saw 5 dogs with their owners during this trek — two of the dogs & owners did not see the coyotes. The trek included a couple of “dips” into “people” areas.

There are 50 slides, 12 of which are referenced to the 12 points on the map, so you’ll know how they fit into the trek: photos 1, 3, 15, 26, 27, 29, 32, 38, 39, 47 and 50. The lower map may be clicked to enlarge it.

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Trekking Map #2 [click to enlarge]


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gail
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 04:23:32

    Really enjoyed the show! I love it when they can be observed without disturbance to their normal behaviors. Good insight into how they spend their days. Kind of comical in some ways….marking (LOTS of marking!) the human’s glove, etc. Do they have any interest in it at a later time?
    Thanks – and shared on fb :)


    • yipps
      Nov 01, 2012 @ 06:01:00

      Hi Gail — Glad you enjoyed the show! I’ve noticed that sometimes coyotes return to objects over and over again, and sometimes not. I don’t think there is a rule. For instance, I’ve noticed an old chewed up ball which has been around a long time. The coyotes don’t seem to return to it often, but sometimes they re-find it, like an old friend, and they toss it around a little, then leave it. The other day I saw them ignore some human debris which I had not seen before. But maybe they had already seen it and examined it, and found it not very interesting? Janet

  2. Charles Wood
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 19:49:59

    Truly amazing. You went with coyotes on their trek, making you an honorary coyote! When I try and pick up my coyotes on a trek, searching and stumbling through trails and brush and then back tracking: all I see are puddles and scat left on dirt where I had just been walking!


    • yipps
      Nov 01, 2012 @ 23:13:41

      Thanks, Charles! That was really nice of you to say: “an honorary coyote!” Interestingly, a while back I was working hard at avoiding certain people in one of the parks — not so differently from what the coyotes do. I told this to a friend who said, “Janet, you’ve become a coyote!” I was honored, as I am with what you said. Thanks again, Charles! Janet

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