Thursday, December 2, 2010

Coyote Party Photos

Posted by Kirk
What happens when coyotes find a dead deer in the prairie? Coyote Party of course.

Last night was a good night for our motion activated camera in the prairie. We have it focused on a dead deer. We've gotten a few shots of lone coyotes in the past weeks but last night was different. We captured a pack of coyotes (or at least part of the pack) at the deer. There are three in the photo below. At the site itself I discovered the coyotes have removed part of the back leg of the deer. I found it about six feet from the deer. It was pretty much where the coyote is on the right hand side though I don't think this coyote was caught in the act as the leg was removed the night before when we didn't have a camera up.

This brings up an interesting point. Is the camera flash scaring away the coyotes? We only tend to get one photo per night. The night the camera wasn't up the coyotes did some serious work on the deer. I'm guessing the flash scares them off for the night. I've reset the camera to take photos more rapidly so we'll see if that makes a difference. Now it should take three in a row and then wait one minute before taking more. If it still only gets one shot then we'll know the flash is scaring them away. I'm interested to know if they'll get used to the flash over time.