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Yellowstone Coyote
Posted By: wtlwdwgn, 01-23-2008, 01:01 PM

I went back to Yellowstone last week. I always see something new and different. This time I captured a coyote playing 'King of the Hill' on top of a well eaten elk. First the full image and then a crop.

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01-23-2008, 01:35 PM   #2
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Wow, those wolves got a lotta mouth fulls of fur!

Great quality on the crop.

Question regarding Yellowstone. Were you outside of a vehicle with this one? When I was in Africa, we were driven around by guides, and could not leave the vehicle. In Yellowstone I know you can. Is there a restriction that you aren't allow out if you see a wild animal, or is it un-regulated? I know I've seen a clip in a nature program of a line of mobile homes and cars pulled over, with all these guys having tripods on the road, and a bear just walking through them all.
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Very vivid and real life capture. This shot is definitely a keeper !
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If that's a coyote, then he's considerably better fed than the miserable creatures we have in the southern plains. He also has a better coat. I'm not a biologist, but I'd venture to say that's a wolf. Nice captures, nonetheless.

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Great shot! We don't have wolves down here, but I agree with ericc, that don't look like no coyote we have around here. Of course ours don't get a whole elk to eat either. Plus, is that a collar on it's neck (tracking collar maybe)?
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Great job!

A great shot of what I also think is a wolf.

Many of the packs in Yellowstone are tracked by collar transmitters.

How close were you?
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Excellent Capture the Wolf appears to be contemplating can I eat any more
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Thanks all for the kind replies.

M80, I was standing on the highway which leads from Mammoth to Cooke City which is open all year. There was a no stopping or parking restriction due to the scene and we were supposed to stay 100 meters away. The park often has restrictions where wildlife may be threatened by our presence. Otherwise, the park is open to all.

Lost, I can't say for sure but a lot of animals do have tracking collars.

Tom, I was directly across the road from the scene. I was probably closer than I should have been.

As to whether or not it is a wolf or coyote, the ranger I talked to said it was a coyote, but I've had a lot of comments the other way as well.

I should have given some info on the shot: K10D, 50-135mm f/2.8, 135mm, 1/125 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, handheld, 2 degrees F, -16 degrees C.

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That's a coyote. I hunt them this time of year here in NY. A healthy male will run 60-70lbs. Thier coat gets really plush and thick in the winter. Summer time they tend to look "scragly" and sometimes have mange.

Great capture btw!
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Really great shot and that crop just shows how good that lens really is. He does look like hes full and wondering if he can handle another bite!

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