No Regrets, Coyote


WC and Mrs. WC encountered a coyote along the Blitzen River in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month. He was mooching along the dike on the westerly bank, across the little river from us. Looking for breakfast, no doubt. He gave WC these poses for free.

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

He ignored us at first.

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

But the camera shutter caught his attention.

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

This is my good side.

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Are we done? We’re done.

Humans have a love/hate relationship with the species. American Indians made him a trickster god. Sheep ranchers loath them. WC thinks they are too close to humans: adaptable, curious, troublemakers, good parents and too clever for their own good.

But any day when you can photograph coyotes is a good day.

 

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