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Coyote Bed

coyote bed2 IMG_0103Following tracks is a very rewarding past-time, as they often reveal an animal’s diet, interactions and survival strategies. Recently coyote tracks led me to the top of a knoll, where the coyote chose to bed down. A few remnant hairs and the circular shape of the indentation confirmed the identity of the animal I had been following. Coyotes and foxes tend to sleep with their heads wrapped around their legs and their tails covering their noses, leaving a circular indentation in the snow. Coyotes often choose to bed down in a spot that’s in the open or on top of a raised surface such as a small hummock (see photograph) or boulder, so that they can spot both prey and predators (primarily humans) in any direction.

10 responses

  1. Kathy Schillemat

    What’s with the “4835” title?

    January 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    • My apologies. I forgot to type in the title!

      January 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  2. Welcome back from your trip! Hope you are all energized and feeling like 2013 will be a good year! We missed you and really enjoy your posts.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:02 am

    • Thank you so much, Helen! By any chance have we met? Your name is so familiar!

      January 4, 2013 at 2:42 am

  3. Dale Hawkins

    I “unfollowed” your blog and now wish I had not. How tdo I re”sign-up” ThanksDH Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:02:08 +0000 To:

    January 8, 2013 at 12:57 am

  4. Hello Ms. Holland,

    I am so pleased to have stumbled upon your blog! I was searching for WordPress posts about coyotes and your lovely entry came up.

    I want to tell you that I have referenced “Naturally Curious” frequently while writing a memoir of my experiences with the wild plants and animals of Boston. Your book is written beautifully and is a favorite among the many field guides that I’ve had the pleasure to know. Thank you for providing such an excellent resource!

    Now that I have found your blog I look forward to being a follower. Happy January!

    January 17, 2013 at 3:27 am

    • Thank you so much, Jenny. What is the title of your book, and when will it be published? I will keep an eye out for it — my daughter lives in JP and it would make a wonderful gift for her (as well as myself).

      January 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      • Thank you, Mary! I would absolutely love for your daughter to have a copy. My working title is “Streets of Wilderness.” I don’t yet have a publishing date yet, though I am working with a publisher and hope to get the book out sometime before or during the summer. Thanks so much for your interest – it’s incredibly flattering coming from you. Do you have anything new in the works?

        January 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      • Hi Jenny, I have a children’s picture book coming out on fox kits, but my main goal is to find a publisher that is interested in publishing Naturally Curious Kids, or a children’s book I’ve written on galls. Your book idea is so unique — best of luck with it! Mary

        Mary Holland Hartland, VT 802/436-2525 Visit my blog at

        January 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      • Your children’s book ideas sound wonderful. I wish you the best in your search for a publisher – I know that it can be a grueling process.

        January 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

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