Mama Coyote near Curry village

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Comments (11)

steandeb on June 22, 2007

are coyotes wild dogs? would they hurt you?

Chip Stephan on June 22, 2007

Hi, steandeb. The short answers are, Yes and Yes more information here.

The coyotes that populate Yosemite Valley are accustomed to people and cars. They will not usually approach people, but will accept food if tossed to them, and many people do so. That makes the animals more dangerous and more likely to harm small children. The parks encourage people not to feed any of the animals, no matter how cute they seem. Animals, especially the larger ones, that expect humans to feed them tend to get upset when their expectations aren't met, and may attack. When that happens, the guilty animal has to be hunted down and killed.

I have had a couple encounters with bears in Yosemite, but fortunately, was able to frighten the bear off. I've seen lynxes, but never very close, and not for very long. There are also mountain lions in Yosemite, but I've never seen one. I hope it stays that way.


Daniela Brocca on June 22, 2007

Hi Chip, no way to have such encounters here in Milan. ciao Daniela

Chip Stephan on June 22, 2007

Hi, petercurry. Feigning death might be a good way to become bear food, but that is what the experts advise. Be sure to keep yourself curled up tightly, and your arms and hands over your head. You just might survive.

Thanks for your comments on my other shots.

steandeb on June 22, 2007

hi chipstephan thanks for the info. bears are very scary tell me more.have you seen my photo of the bear at silver springs park in florida.?its face looks quite sad. but then it would be its in captivity. it would no doubt prefer to be hunting down you in the yosemite eh! on June 29, 2007

He has nice red color. Almost looks like a big fox. Were you in your car at the time and did you surprise him?

Chip Stephan on June 29, 2007

I was in my car, but the coyote wasn't surprised. She had been watching me as I slowly approached the intersection, and didn't move until I had taken a couple of pictures and drove on.

Wei O'Connell (tianp… on July 2, 2007

Great capture. Love these guys!

dallas1959 on July 10, 2007

Sorta sad looking isn't he? I used to love watching Coyotes when I worked in Fort Worth. It's great to watch them hunt for mice out in the fields!

dallas1959 on July 10, 2007

Sorry... "she"

Chip Stephan on July 10, 2007

Thanks, Dallas. Truth is, I don't know whether it's a he or a she. Probably I just picture them as female because the first time I saw one there were pups with her. And I like the way they sneak up and dive nose and paws first on the mice.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 21, 2007
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    by Chip Stephan
    • Camera: NIKON E990
    • Taken on 2003/12/20 10:45:48
    • Exposure: 0.015s
    • Focal Length: 23.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash