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A hobbled young Coyote

Not great pictures given horrible sky conditions and rain but they tell a story. I came across this beautiful young Coyote as it was working its way through a field yesterday. I noticed it was limping, seemingly favoring its right, front paw.

When I got home and looked closer at the pictures, I realized that paw appears to be much shorter than the others. Perhaps a birth defect or it could have been caught in a trap at some point. The good thing is that it looked quite healthy and other than its pronounced limp, seemed to be okay.

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wile E Coyote keeping watch

Perhaps this beautiful creature was looking for the Roadrunner? 😉 Not likely given the location in the suburbs north of Denver however it was keeping an eye out for a meal. It was absolutely gorgeous as it stood tall and proud surveying its options.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A Coyote stands on top of a rise as it looks around for a meal in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote stands on top of a rise as it looks around for a meal in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mangy Coyote looks for a meal

Somewhat of a sad scene seeing this poor thing. Mange has been a problem among the Coyote population in this particular area for a number of years and continues today. Sadly there is nothing that can be done to treat it – they simply recover or, more often than note, perish over time. This particular one was patrolling a prairie dog colony northeast of Denver, Colorado hoping to find a meal. It actually looked better than some others I have seen.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A Coyote suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wary Coyote keeps watch as it heads back to its hiding place

This good-looking creature was on the prowl early one morning this past weekend in an open field. It didn’t seem to mind my presence as I came to a stop and trained my camera on it. Unfortunately, a second photographer came along right then and that seemed to be too big of an audience for the Coyote. It quickly headed off into the tall prairie grass only allowing me to grab a couple of shots as it departed.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A Coyote keeps close watch as it heads off to its hiding place. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote keeps close watch as it heads off to its hiding place. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagles grab a meal, get chased off by Coyote

A fun little scene on the way home from work one day last week. I spot these two eagles enjoying a Prairie Dog dinner and of course have to take pictures. Soon after, for no reason that I could see, they took off and high-tailed it out of there. As I started to turn away, I saw why they left so quickly. A Coyote was working its way through the grass and getting closer. The Coyote didn’t see me initially but when it did, it too took off running. Lots of fun and a two-for-one wildlife encounter in suburbia!

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A pair of Bald Eagles eat a Prairie Dog in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Bald Eagles eat a Prairie Dog in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Suburban prowler

A chance encounter with this handsome guy (or gal) yesterday afternoon. This #coyote and its friend were sniffing around a little pond in a park in the middle of suburbia. It was heavily overcast and they were not inclined to let me get close at all so the pics aren’t great. Nevertheless it was fun to see them and showcases just how well coyotes have adapted to human intrusions on their historical domains.

A coyote keeps close watch while walking across a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote keeps close watch while walking across a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote keeps close watch while walking across a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote keeps close watch while walking across a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of coyotes on a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of coyotes on a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Knock, knock

Knock, knock. “Anyone home? I just wanted to say hello. Honestly!”  😉

My wife and I sat and watched this Coyote as it alternated between sitting and almost falling asleep to prowling the rodents’ colony and back to resting.

Unfortunately, as you can tell, the Coyote does look a bit rough and is likely suffering from mange. Many of them at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal have gone through this, although the last couple of years it seemed to be much worse than what this one was showing. Hopefully the disease is nearing the end of its run and the local Coyote populations can become healthier.

A Coyote sticks its nose in a Prairie Dog burrow looking for a meal.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote sticks its nose in a Prairie Dog burrow looking for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Coyote on patrol

I happened across this wily one recently as it was out looking for a meal. It was quite tolerant of me, allowing me to get some decent captures despite the harsh mid-afternoon light.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

A young Coyote keeps watch among the grasses of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps watch among the grasses of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Frozen snow makes for tough digging for Coyote?

Having just woken up from a post-dawn nap, this pretty lady appeared to be looking for a meal. Her keen ears had picked up the sound of something under the snow but getting to it proved to be problematic.

A very cold night had frozen the top layer (notice how she is walking on top) and getting underneath was not easy. She pawed at it, even tried gnawing at it, all to no avail. In the end she decided it was too much work and moved on to find her breakfast elsewhere.

Taken at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado on January 16, 2016.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A Coyote paws at the snow while looking for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote paws at the snow while looking for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote paws at the snow while looking for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote gnaws at the snow while looking for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote does its morning stretches

When you wake up it feels pretty darned good just to stretch those muscles before you start the day. This pretty lady would agree as she was just waking up from a nap and getting ready to hunt in Cherry Creek State Park last month.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A Coyote stretches early in the morning at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote stretches early in the morning at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)