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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)

Coyote on the hunt

This pretty lady was sleeping in the middle of a field of snow initially. After doing her morning stretches, something in the grass between her and I caught her eye. Ever so slowly and silently, she crept closer to it. Unfortunately for her (and me), whatever it was disappeared and she moved on to look for food elsewhere. I am bummed as I was in a perfect position to capture images of her pouncing had she done it. Taken at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado last week.?

A Coyote at Cherry Creek State Park hunts for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote at Cherry Creek State Park hunts for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A very pretty predator

A female Coyote relaxes in the early morning but was always well aware of what was happening around her. Taken back in March at Cherry Creek State Park, this beautiful lady and her mate were out for a stroll.

I was pleasantly surprised that while wary, neither was disturbed by my proximity and allowed me to spend 45 minutes observing them and taking pictures. It was definitely one of those magical wildlife moments that makes me love being out there exploring.

I’ll be heading back to Cherry Creek this morning for the first time of the season although I don’t expect I will have this kind of luck again. 😉

A female Coyote relaxes at Cherry Creek State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote relaxes at Cherry Creek State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote casts a cautious glance

Out and about driving Sunday morning on a twisty road northeast of Denver I caught a glimpse of something bolting across the road. Slowing down I see a bushy tail just as it disappeared on the other side of a berm. Coming to a stop and getting out I find this beautiful Coyote.

It was not too thrilled about being spotted and proceeded to the top of a nearby hill where it finally stopped and turned around just long enough for me a capture a few images.

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 in the suburban Denver area stops to see what is going on. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote in the suburban Denver area stops to see what is going on. (© Tony’s Takes)

Camouflaged coyote

With snow falling here in Denver, I dug through the archives for a picture that somewhat reflects the current weather conditions.

This image was taken in December 2014 at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado following an overnight snow. The landscape was resplendent in a blanket of white and the wildlife was out and about and active.

This handsome coyote was resting among some tall prairie grass where it was quite well hidden. I almost missed seeing it but thankfully I did and better yet it stayed long enough for me to capture some good images of it.  I love the soft, early morning light on its coat and in its eye.

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 among the grass at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote among the grass at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Early morning with a very vocal Coyote

A friend clued me in on some coyote activity at a nearby open space area recently. While coyotes are routinely seen there, this particular female had an interesting little routine.

Apparently every morning she meets a particular couple with three dogs that walks along the South Platte River. As they walk through the open space, the coyote follows along, barking the whole way.

I arrived right at dawn and sure enough, I soon heard barking and as the walkers approached, I could see they were being followed by this very vocal hound. The coyote was completely non-aggressive and it really appeared she simply wanted the dogs to come play with her.

Clouds kept the early light dim and made for tough shooting but it was a lot of fun to watch.

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote keeps watch on people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote keeps watch on people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)