Bother. How’s that for bad timing?

Went to swap the game camera’s mem card, only to find the cattle watering station had been taken over by…cattle, of all things. I thought I had another month or so of peace.


Many tons of McDonald burgers, some assembly required.

You know what you get when a cow takes a nap in front of your game camera? About a thousand pictures like this…

So I chased them off long enough to retrieve the camera before one of them chews it or something.

But yesterday morning the camera took the best coyote pics to date…


It was only in frame for two or three minutes but in that time I got something like 60 frames of it very carefully coming out in the open for a drink.

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18 Responses to Bother. How’s that for bad timing?

  1. Mike says:

    Did you get any better pictures of the wound on his leg? From the size of the wound and the swelling, I’d say that’s probably a “dead coyote walking”.

  2. Mike says:

    That settles it, next time I head into town I’m going to pick up a game camera. Those are real cool photos.

  3. I see your coyote has an injured back leg. Poor pup.

  4. dilligaf says:

    Yep, you can see he is limping on it and then blood in the last pic.

  5. Joel says:

    You’re right, Kent. I saw that she mostly favored that leg, but missed the wound till I looked again.

  6. DT says:

    Pretty swollen and she ain’t putting weight on it. Infection?

  7. Kentucky says:

    The cow pics remind me . . . did that horned skull turn out OK?

  8. Joel says:

    I waited a little long and one of the horns was chewed on, but otherwise it was fine.

  9. Joel says:

    Mike, no, that’s the only picture from that side.

    It’s a recent wound, looks like. If she can stay fed and hydrated and if she’s not killed by something else she might live. If not, there are lots more where she came from.

  10. Norman says:

    Did you ever figure out what about the camera was causing the animals to look at it? Whatever it is doesn’t seem to capture the coyote’s attention.

  11. Ruth says:

    The difference between the North Eastern Coyotes that I get here and your coyotes still makes me shake my head when I see pictures. Lovely photos though!

  12. i think the differences in our coyotes may be that ours have some dog blood–handsome they are.

  13. Joel says:

    Norman, whatever it is only happens at night. I still think they’re reacting to the IR. The camera makes no noise, day or night.

    Ruth, what do you see as the differences?

  14. Anon says:

    Should that not be many tones of McDonald’s burgers, some disassembly required 🙂

  15. Ruth says:

    Joel, easier to show than to tell. This is a photo I snapped out my back door a few years ago. Yes, its a coyote and not a wolf. However science says that my local coyotes likely have a fair bit of wolf ancestry, and maybe a little dog in them too. The end result is a different looking canine than yours! These are the coyotes I grew up seeing, so the coyotes the rest of the country is used to seeing always make me look twice!

    http://www.scaryyankeechick.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IMGP3673.jpg

  16. Joel says:

    Wow. I would have called that a wolf and reached for the rifle immediately. By comparison ours are more like oversized foxes.

  17. ours-n. e. ohio– look like very handsome long-legged dogs. tails are not bushy like a fox.

  18. Ruth says:

    I’ll admit that coyote is on the bigger side even by my standards, but not abnormally so.

To the stake with the heretic!