It’s back! The wandering coyote returns after a one-week hiatus.
And in broad daylight, so not being very secretive about its visit. This coyote seems to be a loner, which probably means it is a non-territorial nomad cruising a large home range.
Coyotes tend to occur either as transient loners or in small packs that take up residence in an area. Single individuals are either youngsters who have been pushed out of a pack because of competition with the breeding pair or old individuals pushed out by the young studs. But whereas packs tend to be active at night or in early morning or evening, single individuals are often active in the daytime — another clue that this one is on its own.
One last action before moving on to explore the next backyard — marking the trail with its own scent.
Male coyotes mark with urine scent more often than females, using either the raised leg or “forward-lean” posture. Female coyotes use the same squat posture that female dogs do, so this must be a male. The fact that he takes the time to scent-mark this trail may mean this neighborhood is part of his nomadic territory.
But this is what happens next.