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Wild Cam: How do city coyotes choose dens?

Wild Cam: How do city coyotes choose dens?

It was a relatively warm day in the middle of an Edmonton winter when a coyote sprang out of its den as Sage Raymond approached. A master’s student in ecology at the University of Alberta, Raymond was tracking coyotes to their dens by following the footprints they left in the snow. She was only about a meter from this den when the animal leapt out and surprised her. The day was warm enough that she expected it might be out basking rather than holed up in the darkness.

Raymond had been studying coyotes for months now and knew that coyotes don’t typically use their dens much until the spring when mothers give birth to pups, at least according to the literature.

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