Regardless of the reason for the crash of our local coyote population, one of my trail cameras started getting photos of a pair of coyotes in mid-March.
The pair has come back to that same spot many times, marking every time. It's a place where all our carnivores scent mark.
My only worry was that one of the pair appeared to have something wrong with his lower lip or jaw. Every photo of him in mid-March showed either a swollen or sagging front lower lip.
Fast forward to today. I was out riding my bike without Shyla, and I saw a pair of coyotes trotting next to each other in front of me. One went up the hill and into the forest. The other stayed and watched me. I wished that I had my good camera with me but my point-and-shoot did okay.
I thought that he was very handsome!
I wonder if he was trying to pick up my scent or some other animal's scent?
He sat and looked off to my left.
What a privilege to get to see him like that!
It's horrendous to see some of the comments that are made on the Youtube video that I showed at the start of this post. People say that they want to shoot and torture coyotes, and I don't understand it. Fortunately, I moderate the comments so none of those really bad comments stays visible for long.
One of the coolest things is how similar coyotes are to our dogs. Back when they used to sing outside our windows, R would regularly join in with his own howl.
I hope that this new pair of coyotes can raise some young in our neck of the woods so we can hear their singing more regularly again!