While I love seeing all the wildlife that comes to the backyard, I am not particularly excited to see this one visit.
The coyote paused momentarily before heading up the hill toward the fox den.
The coyote was two backyards away before we spotted him, so the photos are less than wonderful. I’ve seen them wandering the backyard previously and so have some of my neighbors, so this one may have taken up a loose residence here. That’s not good for the red foxes, with whom they not only compete for food, but will attack and kill. For all I know, the coyote may have discovered the red fox den two backyards away and taken it over. Too bad, I was hoping for more photos of the foxes and their family this spring.
On the other hand, with coyotes around, the mouse and rabbit population will be kept to low levels, which is good for the garden next year.
Nose to the ground looking for…mice? fox scent? other coyotes?
These highly adaptable predators are found in a variety of habitats, eat a variety of foods, mate with a variety of other canids (other dog breeds and wolves), and survive a great variety of challenges, so it’s no wonder we eventually see them in our backyards. I remember seeing a pack of them running through the hills in urban Los Angeles. Most often they hunt in pairs, but can form packs like wolves, roaming a huge territory, as much as 20 km around their den.
In the past year, I’ve heard or seen bobcats, red fox, and now coyote in my suburban backyard; what’s next — will the timber wolf eventually make its way to the Twin Cities?