But that wasn’t the best “sighting.” Driving along the eastern section of the loop, we saw a couple of cars beside the road and stopped for a look. We were rewarded with a good view of this young female coyote in a small ravine only 20 to 30 yards from our vehicle. We have only seen coyotes here a couple of times, and then at a great distance. Fortunately, this time I had the good camera and my long lens.
She seemed unconcerned that we were there, even with Rue yipping with excitement. She busied herself sniffing around, eating some grass, and at one point yawning to give us a good view of those pointy white teeth.
She was far from being the scraggly, bumbling, Wile E. Coyote of Roadrunner cartoon fame, or the lean and mangy coyote of legend. This little girl was calm and poised, appeared well fed, and her coat was beautiful, thick and luxuriant.