Injured Coyote

An injured coyote hunts on the Tomales Point Peninsula.

Coyote, Point Reyes National Seashore

I saw this coyote last Thursday in the Pierce Point area of Point Reyes National Seashore.  Saturday he was a bit south of there.  Yesterday he was at the south end of the Tomales Point Peninsula.  I know it’s the same coyote because there is something wrong with his right foreleg at what would be the “wrist” for a human.  It doesn’t seem to handicap him at a walking pace, but when he runs it’s obvious and slows him down.   It doesn’t handicap him in feeding though from what I can see.  I watched him hunt rodents last Thursday and he was having no trouble catching them.  When I saw him yesterday he was feeding on something larger than a rodent.

He should have stayed around Pierce Point Ranch a little longer.  Yesterday I saw a fairly fresh elk carcass there.  Some turkey vultures had found it, but it didn’t look like any other scavengers had fed on it.

It also looks like there is some fur missing on this coyote’s back.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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2 Responses to Injured Coyote

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    The colors in this shot are gorgeous! It’s really interesting that you’ve been able to follow the progress of this single coyote. I wonder if the entire area you’ve seen is all his own territory, or if perhaps he is looking for a new one.

    • Jim Coda says:

      Thanks Pat. I don’t know the answer to your question, but it seems to be covering a lot of land so my guess is that it is looking for a territory of its own.

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