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Yellowstone Coyote

I photographed this Yellowstone Coyote yesterday morning along a trail in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The basin is home to the famous “Old Faithful” geyser. I spotted him as I was heading out to photograph the Basin as part of the “Winter in Yellowstone” photography workshop. The Coyote appeared to have an injured left front leg as he was limping heavily.

Yellowstone’s coyotes are among the largest in the United States. Adults average about 30 lbs. and some weigh around 40 lbs. This one seemed larger than that. They are less than two feet tall and vary in color from gray to tan with sometimes a reddish tint to its coat. Coyotes live an average of 6 years. I was hoping to see him hunt down his pray but he left the scene and headed out into the woods.

Yellowstone Coyote
Yellowstone Coyote

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens set on 330 mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/6.3, shutter speed at 1/2000th of a second and the ISO set at 800. I used a tripod for support. This is a single image processed in Lightroom.

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2 thoughts on “Yellowstone Coyote”

  1. Thanks for sharing, Terry. It’s been years since I’ve seen a coyote. Strangely, the last one I saw also had a limp. They are such amazingly adaptable creatures, and able to hide very well even when living very close to humans.

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