Adult Coyote walking the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake

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Adult Coyote on the shoreline of the Great Salt LakeAdult Coyote walking the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

I love to see Coyotes in the wild and I see them most often at Antelope Island State Park and not nearly as often in other locations that I travel to in search of birds and wildlife to photograph.

Last January I photographed this coyote walking the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake with two other coyotes, they were close to the causeway and I took a couple hundred images of them that day. It was bright, sunny and very cold and my hands felt like blocks of ice by the time I left them. I almost envied the coyote because of its thick winter coat. I say almost because no one needs to wear a coyote’s fur but the coyote itself. No one.

A company called Canada Goose out of Toronto thinks differently:

For Canada Goose, functionality is paramount. Our jackets are built for the coldest places on Earth – places where skin around the face can freeze in an instant. In these environments – when life is on the line – fur is not just the best choice, but the only choice.

Other well known companies manufacture clothing for extreme cold without using coyote fur, without trapping and causing them painful, inhumane deaths. Other companies have apparel that can withstand the cold in the harshest of environments including Mount Everest, the Arctic and Antarctica.

I think their claim is misleading and false.

Before I order any outdoor clothing now I check the web site and if they sell Canada Goose Products I find the article I am looking for elsewhere. After my order is placed I write the company that sells Canada Goose products and let them know why I took my business elsewhere.

I know that my one voice doesn’t make much of a difference but I still feel I need to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Life is good. We can make it better though.



  1. wendy chapman December 16, 2015 at 6:14 am

    It is good to see this coyote again. Is it the one with the injury you showed us last year?

  2. Bob Mcpherson December 15, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Stunning image, Mia.

  3. Joan Carey December 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Clint Eastwood squinty eyes, love that coyote image.

  4. Utahbooklover December 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Nice image. I shop for non-fur coats at The North Face and Eddie Bauer with good results.

  5. Molly Iris December 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for your diligence. I strive to make my consumer choices from a place of integrity, too. Respect all life!

  6. Elephant's Child December 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Fur is indeed the only choice. But ONLY for those who grow it themselves.
    Hiss and expletive spit.

  7. Patty Chadwick December 15, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Doubt if it’s much of a coincidence that company wants us to think what it sells is “… not only the best choice, but the only choice”. I wouldn’t, and won’t, buy anything from anyone who carries their products…..EVER!

    PS. What they claim is BS. AMAZING WHAT LIES ARE SPOUTED, WHAT CRUELTIES COMMITTED, AND “JUSTIFIED”, in the hunger for money!!!

  8. Beth December 15, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Thank you, one voice + one voice + one voice…..= many voices.

  9. Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Good for you on checking for Canada Goose merchandise and not purchasing if the enterprise carries it.

    Nice images of the coyote.

  10. Jorge H. Oliveira December 15, 2015 at 6:37 am

    You are so right. I wish everybody would do the same.
    Thank you.

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