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 Coyote 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.