Oct 312011

These videos are from group of observations made in a grassy field behind the Baylor Medical Center (previously the Trinity Medical Center) in Carrollton, Texas.

Wikipedia has this to say about Coyote behavior:

Coyotes are capable of digging their own burrows, though they often prefer the burrows of groundhogs or American badgers. Their territorial ranges can be as much as 19 km in diameter around the den, and travel occurs along fixed trails. Like other canids, coyotes mark their territories with urine.

In areas where wolves have been exterminated, coyotes usually flourish. For example, as New England became increasingly settled and the resident wolves were eliminated, the coyote population increased, filling the empty ecological niche. Coyotes appear better able than wolves to live among people.

Coyotes have been known to live a maximum of 10 years in the wild and 18 years in captivity. They seem to be better than dogs at observational learning.

  4 Responses to “Coyote – In Broad Daylight”

  1. I can’t believe how close to the houses these coyote are.

  2. The male looks so much more healthy than the female does.

  3. Wow – that’s amazing to watch. I hope they stay out of trouble with the residents of that neat and tidy development behind them. What’s up with the tail of one of the coyotes? Molting? Mange?

    By the way, do you know the wonderful California coyote blogg called CoyoteYipps.com ? It’s a font of behavioral information and photos of wild coyotes. Really interesting – I highly recommend it.

    • I think these guys do a good job of staying out of trouble. Which I find is the case with our urban Coyotes in general. There seems to be a lot more of them in our midst than you might first expect. I have found a pack associated with almost every neighborhood I have investigated.

      Our news media here is very quick to report Coyote sightings, but they don’t get to do it very often, because the Coyotes are usually very discreet in their behavior. I think that is a great testament to their ability to coexist with us even in an urban environment.

      I think the female must be suffering from mange. I see it quite often in our Coyotes.

      I have not seen CoyoteYipps.com yet, but I will check it out. The Coyote blog I frequent is The Daily Coyote (dailycoyote.net). Very entertaining!

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