The Howling Coyote

I was about 50 feet from this coyote at Yellowstone National Park when this one let out a sound that is still ringing in my ears . I just wish I was recording the sound. I don’t think the coyote knew I was so close.

“Howling is a basic communication behavior in coyotes,” says Gary San Julian, a Penn State University professor of wildlife resources. “It has several functions. One is to call the pack—really a family group—back together again after a period of individual hunting. A second reason that coyotes howl is to advertise their presence to other packs, essentially warning those other family groups against trespassing across territorial boundaries.”

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COYOTE HOWLING

23 responses to “The Howling Coyote”

  1. Wow, look at those chompers! 😉 Hearing coyotes always raises the hair on the back of my neck, even though I know I am safe, it is clearly a primal fear kind of thing. And I’ve never heard them THAT close!

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      • I just remembered, years ago, our seeing a pair of ‘disabled’ coyotes in a local zoo when my kids were small. My two-yr.old was standing next to the fence and one took a look at him and set to howling, woke up his partner and the two of them chorused. Even though there was a fence between us, the mama protector in me grabbed that kid in seconds flat!
        I love the idea of what they do for an ecosystem, but I have trouble with them in my yard, lol.

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  2. Ohw wow, that is so cool! Must have been a tremendous experience. I would love to hear that sound once in real life!

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Kind regards,
    Tieme

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  3. Beautiful shots! My husband had the privilege of watching this with a pack of wolves about 50 yards away while on a tour in Yellowstone a few years back.

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    • That would be quite a moment. I was driving a snowcoach in Yellowstone a few winters ago and got really close to the most beautiful wolf I had ever seen. But I did not have my camera with me to get the shot. These coyotes were beautiful too

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