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Coyote's Consternation

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Published on Sep 14, 2013

In the early morning of September 3rd, I came upon a pack of Coyotes atop one of the mountains near the edge of Phoenix Mountains Park. I could see at least four at the top of the mountain looking down at me photographing them. When I circled around to the East side of the mountain I came across a fifth Coyote walking up to the mountain. She did some talking as she got closer and the others responded from above. When they came down I saw a pup with them. The pup could be a fifth Coyote that I did not photograph on the top of the mountain. If so, that makes a pack of six Coyotes. As the Coyotes moved down and away from the mountain they headed East. The pup, possibly nervous about me, headed West around the other side of the mountain and disappeared. The female Coyote I had photographed earlier came back to the mountain when she realized her pup was missing. The calling she does in the last three videos shows how distraught she is that her pup is missing and not answering her calls. She leaves and comes back for more calling before catching up with the pack which is moving in the opposite direction away from the pup. Although I have no assurances that everything turns out all right, I believe the pup will reunite with its mother soon. Coyote pups are not dumb. Mothers can become distraught, however.

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