Coyote

December 16, 2012 Posted by: BW - Volunteer Interpreter

Coyote
Canis latrans

The fresh layer of snow in the Valley has brought out the coyotes. Several have been spotted over the past few days, roving around in search of food. The series of photographs pictured here show a classic hunting tactic. The coyote will walk through a snow covered meadow, listening very carefully for the sound of small mammals moving underneath the snow. Pausing, it listens intently, checking the exact location of its unwary prey by making small adjustments to the listening angle. When it has pinpointed the prey, it leaps into the air, descending face first into the snow in an attempt to get its next meal. While this is extremely entertaining to watch, especially when the snow is deeper, the coyote's success at this skill will impact how well it survives this winter.

Coyote stalking sequence in a snow-covered Yosemite Valley meadow.

Coyote searching for small mammals beneath a layer of snow in Yosemite Valley.

BW, Nature Scene, Yosemite Valley




10 Comments Comments icon

  1. June 09, 2016 at 12:16
     

    Chickens grow in the ground right????????????????????????????????????????????????

     
  2. June 09, 2016 at 12:10
     

    I LIKE CHEESE

     
  3. June 09, 2016 at 12:09
     

    I LIKE CHEESE

     
  4. June 09, 2016 at 12:07
     

    cool.

     
  5. June 09, 2016 at 12:06
     

     
  6. March 23, 2016 at 12:02
     

    i am dead becuase of one

     
  7. March 23, 2016 at 12:02
     

    i am dead becuase of one

     
  8. January 16, 2016 at 07:30
     

    Love that picture :) I was at Yosemite last year and heard the best coyote calls ever... they were with their pups! Hoping to come back again soon. Big Ben www.electroniccoyotecalls.com

     
  9. January 16, 2016 at 07:30
     

    Love that picture :) I was at Yosemite last year and heard the best coyote calls ever... they were with their pups! Hoping to come back again soon. Big Ben www.electroniccoyotecalls.com

     
  10. January 16, 2016 at 07:29
     

    Love that picture :) I was at Yosemite last year and heard the best coyote calls ever... they were with their pups! Hoping to come back again soon. Big Ben www.electroniccoyotecalls.com

     
  11. January 16, 2016 at 07:28
     

    Love that picture :) I was at Yosemite last year and heard the best coyote calls ever... they were with their pups! Hoping to come back again soon.

     
  12. January 16, 2016 at 07:23
     

    Love that picture :) I was at Yosemite last year and heard the best coyote calls ever... they were with their pups! Hoping to come back again soon.

     
  13. January 16, 2016 at 07:23
     

    Love that picture :) I was at Yosemite last year and heard the best coyote calls ever... they were with their pups! Hoping to come back again soon.

     
  14. October 14, 2014 at 12:16
     

    Chickens grow in the ground right????????????????????????????????????????????????

     
  15. Fay
    December 20, 2012 at 03:46
     

    We were there the 15th and we saw 2 coyotes. 1..in the road past Wawona. 2. was in the meadow next to the chapel, this one captured a rodent as we watched. They were both wild and beautiful in their winter coats.

     
 
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