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Coyote speaks

We hadn't seen the coyote family here for more than a week, then a few days ago the father emerged.

coyote on the ridge

He paced the ridge, barking, an urgent and persistent call that sent the dogs here into a frenzy:

he's barking, calling his mate

calling his family

He descended the trail and listened for a while.

coyote dad

sitting coyote

Just a few minutes after he took off, headed into the little arroyo that holds the den, his mate appeared and followed. No sign of the pups -- only two now -- though we heard them last night, squeaky voices learning to copy their elder's howls.

Next entry: In flight

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