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Coyote Breeding Season Approaching

1-23-17-two-coyote-trails-img_6155While coyotes form packs consisting of two breeding adults (the alpha pair) and up to eight offspring, they often are solitary hunters, leaving only one set of tracks. At this time of year, however, it is not uncommon to find two coyotes traveling together. The reason for this is that the peak of coyote breeding season is in late January and February, and for two or three months prior to this they engage in pre-mating behavior. Signs to look and listen for include two sets of tracks (headed in the same direction) that periodically separate and then rejoin one another, scent marking and duet howling.

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4 responses

  1. Thank you for noting this fact. I assumed their mating centered around the February full moon. Of course there is a broader range of dates.

    Hope to see a post about great horned owls hatching young in February. (wondering if that concept is accurate)

    January 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

  2. Libby Hillhouse

    Speaking of which…the wild turkeys who visit the feeder area seem to have one lusty Jake…..he was spinning around in place, tail fanned out (mostly), trying not to slip on the ice, while 4 Jennies were circling him….a merry-go-round of possibilities! Their little pink bow ties are getting bigger and pinker.

    January 23, 2017 at 8:34 am

  3. Kathie Fiveash

    What a lovely picture of the tracks coming together!! It reminded me of the feeling of convergence going to Washington this past weekend.

    January 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

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