River Coyote - British Columbia
This coyote was one of three we came across while speeding down the river this morning, with a total of five spotted all day. We slowed down so I could grab a photo of this one as it trotted away from our encroaching boat. They may be considered vermin by most, myself included, but they are beautiful nonetheless.
I once read a newspaper article that stated that a couple had found a coyote den with a littler pups in it. They set up a trail camera to monitor the parents' activity. Within a 48 hour period, the adults had brought back 25 white-tailed deer fawns to the den. That is some serious culling of a local deer population by a veracious wild dog.
The Mountain coyote (Canis latrans lestes), also known as the Great Basin coyote, is a subspecies of coyote native to British Columbia and southeastern Alberta south to Utah and Nevada. It is similar to ''C. l. latrans'', but has lighter-colored upper parts.