Coyote in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

It’s a staredown

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One of my favorite places to go walking is the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. I just discovered it a couple of months ago (see San Diego National Wildlife Refuge). It’s just eight miles from me, is far less populated than the beaches, and has more interesting wildlife than the beaches. On my walk this morning, I got into a staredown with this little beauty:

Coyote in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

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I saw him (or her) before he (or she) saw me, but when she (or he) finally saw me, he (or she) stopped and simply stared. We probably stared at each other for about a minute before I slowly started walking forward, snapping pictures all the while, to see how close I could get. That picture was the final one before she (or he) took off in the opposite direction.

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18 thoughts on “It’s a staredown

  1. Boomdeeadda

    Fun to see nature along the way. We had coyotes hanging round out at the lake. I actually saw one chase a poor little deer across my neighbours deck once. I guess it’s natures way, but I wasn’t cheering for that little deer when it gave him the slip.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Nah. Most wild animals would rather leave you alone if you’re bigger than they are. Bears are an exception, but generally humans are not bigger than bears anyway. Of course, a mama bear with a cub, well, all bets are off.

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  2. pixilated2

    Russel, This is a species that lives in danger every day here. They are such beautiful creatures, and very shy. Yet, the people here in the south and in the east are terrified of them. They are always discussing the best way to get rid of (insert kill) them. We had a pack of them living in Claremont , CA, and one had a travel rout that went over the wall into our back yard and out behind our orange trees. It was startling to see it bound through the yard in broad daylight. This is a beautiful capture! ~Lynda

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      At the house I owned from 1999-2001, there were canyons on two sides of the property. I had two acres and the coyotes and the San Diego red foxes were always playing in the canyons. At dawn and dusk they would often venture up onto my property to play. I had lots of great pictures of them playing with loquats but alas I lost them all in the Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005.

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