27 January 2023
Coyotes (Canis latrans) are highly adaptable and very smart about food and humans because their lives depend upon it. Of course they live where food is plentiful but in places like Pennsylvania, where they’re hunted or trapped without limit all year long, they hide from humans and operate at night. In locations with less human pressure they forage during the day and encounter their familiars — ravens and sometimes crows.
Coyotes and Corvids often meet when it’s time to eat, especially at carcasses in winter. The carcass below attracted ravens and a black-billed magpie along with the coyote.
Ravens apparently realize that coyotes are smart for they sometimes enlist their help by leading them to a carcass they cannot open on their own.
How do Corvids describe a coyote? Perhaps like this, as described by Doug Anderson.
Hunch in the trees
about God and his inexorable
about deer guts and fish so stupid
you could sell them air
and how out in the deserts
there’s a dog called coyote
with their mind
but no wings. …
No wings? No problem. Here’s a coyote.
This coyote sitting on a car tho pic.twitter.com/tLXTa12Lqo— Russ McSpadden (@PeccaryNotPig) January 5, 2023
(photos from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock; click on the captions to see the originals)