Coyotes of Yellowstone
I was planning on titling this blog post “Wolves of Yellowstone”, but I was not able to photograph any wolves while in Yellowstone National Park in February 2010. Oh, we saw wolves, but from 1 – 2 miles away thru spotting scopes. The wolf population is down from the same time last year when I was able to get some very good pictures, especially in the Lamar Valley. The famous Druid pack has dissolved and other packs have diminished, mostly due to wolf on wolf conflict.
I did get some excellent images of coyotes. Coyotes have a bad reputation, especially in urban areas where they tend to look scraggly and have been known to stalk cats and small dogs. In Yellowstone they are active, robust, healthy looking creatures. February and March is their mating season and they are not bashful about performing in front of the cameras.