Coyote Pup in Prairie Grasses

Today on Antelope Island State Park I spotted 7 Coyotes (Canis latrans), of those seven only one was close enough to photograph. I went there to see a friend from Idaho and I ended up seeing her and another friend from Utah. A double pleasure combined with all the nature the island provides, I couldn’t ask for more.

Coyote Pup in Prairie GrassesCoyote Pup in Prairie Grasses – Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I simply could not resist posting this gorgeous Coyote pup that I photographed today even though I posted another one recently. I loved the look the pup was giving me, the warm, beautiful morning light and wonderful prairie setting.

I’m grateful that this pup lives on Antelope Island because it won’t be shot to death, trapped or gassed there. Off of the island the Governor of Utah has increased the bounty on Coyotes from $20.00 to $50.00 for reasons that have not been scientifically proven to “protect Mule Deer” populations.

Stay on the island little one.


Read more on my thoughts about Coyotes plus other natural predators about the recent vole irruption in Utah here.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. I have, especially recently, have seen roaming individuals of these closely. In one instance, I was watching a turkey vulture when it happened to turn up, and I wondered if either the coyote was targeting the vulture specifically or if it was following the movements of this bird and its kettle of five to take advantage of whatever they might come across.

  2. Beautiful shot Mia. Wish I had been there.

  3. Wonderful, sweet photo! They are beautiful and do such a wonderful job hunting rodents and such… Thank you for caring so much!

  4. I like the light on the grass and how it frames the pup in very nicely. I like that tail too.

  5. Another lovely Coyote photo Mia. I’m so happy that coyotes are protected where I live. A bonus: There are no outdoor or feral cats here. The birds are proliferating accordingly.

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