A Coyote Survives with Injury

A coyote hunts on the Tomales Peninsula.

Coyote, Point Reyes National Seashore

I’ve seen this coyote a number of times.  He’s easy to identify because he has a slight limp due to some injury to his right foreleg.  I first saw him around Pierce Point Ranch months ago.  Later I saw him on the mid-peninsula.  Lately, I’ve been seeing him at the south end.  He seems to have found a home there.  On the other hand, maybe he’s been a long-time resident there and I only first noticed him and his limping gait at Pierce Point.  Maybe he was just traveling then in search of better territory or a mate or both.  I wondered then whether the limp would affect his ability to survive.  I watched him “mousing” at Pierce Point and the limp didn’t affect his ability to jump (and land) in hunting rodents.  In fact, he was very successful.  It seems to only affect his ability to run fast.  Good news for the rabbits.  He looks healthy to me.  He’s making it.


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 A Coyote Survives with Injury

  1. TimB says:

    maybe its just a thorn and he needs a little mouse friend to remove it

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