She Hides From & Avoids Him

I watched as the male of this pair searched for his mate. He wandered all over the place, looking up and down and over ridges, but he couldn’t find her. He then gave up and headed for the cover of bushes where he would spend his daytime hours. As he headed away, she appeared and watched him leave — he had not seen her. She then turned and went in the other direction, away from him, and into another brush area of the park. Was she hiding from and avoiding him on purpose? It looked that way.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. miss415
    Dec 10, 2015 @ 04:54:42

    Hmmm. . maybe she isn’t feeling well. Is this the same pair where the female had another suitor before she chose?

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    • yipps
      Dec 10, 2015 @ 22:15:34

      I don’t think it has to do with not feeling well: I’ve seen this behavior a lot with this particular female and her significant other.

  2. Charles Wood
    Dec 11, 2015 @ 00:58:40

    Just a guess: coyotes females come into season once a year and male and female coyote bodies coordinate over about 90 days when the male begins to produce sperm as the female is approaching her heat. She may be avoiding him for seasonal reasons, where she isn’t ready yet “for that”. Or this distancing may be how they relate to each other all year?

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    • yipps
      Dec 11, 2015 @ 01:28:26

      I wonder if it might be related to the seasonal reproductive cycle, as you suggest. The thing is that this pair seems to be “on again, off again” towards each other: sometimes I see them in close proximity to each other and at other times there seems to be distance and avoidance. Females come into heat in February here, so spermatogenesis is beginning, and his urges may not be coinciding with hers. But is she avoiding him for that reason? I really don’t know how that works. The other possibility is that he can be dominating, tyrannical, and a bully, and she’s simply avoiding him for that reason?? Dunno!

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