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I put the trail cam out here at the Central PA farm for the first time last evening and as expected caught a bunch of deer. This seems to be a great spot, where a fence line and mowed path make sort of a natural pathway for a creek crossing. We are going to leave it out for a couple of weeks and hope to see a bear or 3 next time.

 

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The wild canines look odd to me. I've never seen those with the long snout here. I don't mean the foxes or the wolf. Then there's an armadillo? And something like a capybara? Nutria? Maybe Senior Sitizen has seen them or wooleybooger. I think they're near Louisiana. :wink2:
I read that men in the West tried to wipe out coyotoes, so they moved East.:smile:
 

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The wild canines look odd to me. I've never seen those with the long snout here. I don't mean the foxes or the wolf. Then there's an armadillo? And something like a capybara? Nutria? Maybe Senior Sitizen has seen them or wooleybooger. I think they're near Louisiana. :wink2:
I read that men in the West tried to wipe out coyotoes, so they moved East.:smile:
To the best of my knowledge the canines with the long snout are the common coyote. Nutria were imported into Louisianan in the 1940's and raised captive for their fur.


Coyotes can look much different depending on the season of the year. By the month of June coyote parents can look pretty ragged from a litter of pups that are just now old enough to leave the den to begin going on hunts with their parents.


Pictured are 2 coyotes in the two seasons of June and February. Skinny one at our house this month and the better conditioned coyote at our hunting lease in Feb. of 09. Actually Lewis and Clark called them Prairie Wolves and i suspect the heavier coyote may look more similar to what Lewis and Clark observed. The average coyote in the plains states weighs 30-34 lbs. but the larger better conditioned coyote pictured i'd estimate to weigh nearer 48-50 lbs.




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Wikipedia says they originated in the SW US, by fossil record. Ours may have mated with domestic dogs since we have such a large human population.


Eastern coyotes are bigger, I think having mated with wolves.



Probably this photo is of a male and female. I usually see the shorter snout one. They are even at the beach. Even La Jolla, an expensive area, but, we have lots of treed areas that are connected that they could follow from the wilderness areas. Not sure what you would call that. I see them more when they're upset by something like Fireworks on the 4th.


 
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