Being such intelligent and adaptable creatures, I have an enormous amount of respect for coyotes. They are very quick to adjust their habits based on environmental changes, as well as human development. These canines eat a wide variety of food items, including mammals, reptiles, birds, fruit, and even vegetable matter. Not only are they prevalent throughout the desert, but coyotes thrive in the middle of large cities. Picture Rocks, AZ.
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Before dawn had broken, I encountered this fox trotting along the road with a ground squirrel in her jaws. Soon veering into the forest, she briefly paused to turn around before vanishing amidst the trees. Yellowstone National Park, WY.
I had always heard coyotes referred to as "tricksters," but wasn't convinced until this. Coyotes are too small for taking down bison. Even a pack with have trouble with a bison calf, yet this lone song dog passed right through the herd, behaving as if he/she were on the hunt. Yellowstone National Park, WY.