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Dispatch from Julie: A rare sighting of an Eastern Coyote

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When I take a walk with my camera, I never look for anything in particular. Just wait and see who is around. I’ve been pretty lucky lately without a doubt! It was a beautiful sight, seeing this Eastern Coyote out in the open and not manually focusing through layers of branches.


Eastern Coyotes are actually a wild hybrid, part Western Coyote, part wolf. It is believed to have began in the Great Lakes region, as western coyotes moved east (due to more humans moving west), breeding with wolves and giving us what we now know as Eastern Coyotes. They live longer than most domestic dogs, 15 years in the wild, up to 20 years in captivity. They are also monogamous and most will mate for life ❤. They are less pack centered than wolves, staying more in family groups where both parents, and often older siblings care for pups.

Historically they are diurnal. Due to their shy, and opportunistic nature, in more densely populated areas they have become mostly nocturnal. But still not unusual to see them moving around during the day, lucky for me!

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