One important aspect of this is to get my cam set very early so that the coyotes get used to having outside their den. It's been in that area since November so I am hopeful that they are acclimating to it. This shows an important aspect of trail cams - you need to plan ahead, set up early, and then try to stay away at the critical times so that you don't scare the wildlife. I still some work to do to be ready for April pups.
Some days, the weather near the den is pretty brutal. On this day in November, clouds were at ground level, and it was cold!
This was a rare warm and still winter day. The coyote rested atop the underground den for about 15 minutes, just soaking up the sun.
This day was super windy. On this meadow, the wind whips in from the west and steals all the body heat of a human very fast. I can attest to that. The coyotes seem better equipped for brutal winter weather than I am.
I wondered if the coyotes might use the underground den in bad winter weather. Although I don't yet have a great view of the den entrance, I haven't seen evidence that they do.
I put together the clips into a short video. I hope that you have time to watch it. It sets us up for the really fun phase after the pups are born.