OR 7 Hanging With Wily Coyote

OR 7/Journey  (Photo Richard Shinn Associated Press)

Looks like Journey/OR7 has found a few friends. He’s still vacationing in the Golden State and was recently spotted romping with several coyotes. Normally wolves and coyotes are not friendly but when you’re the only wolf in California it can get awfully lonely.

Wolves are social animals so I’m sure he’s pining  for canine company, even the little “song dogs” will do.


California’s lone wolf seen mingling with coyotes

Peter Fimrite

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The lone wolf of California may not be as lonely as the experts thought.

The gray wolf, known to scientists as OR7 and to wolf advocates as Journey, was spotted last week in Modoc County cavorting with a group of coyotes.

Karen Kovacs, the wildlife program manager for the California Department of Fish and Game, said state biologists, game wardens and a federal trapper were in the southwestern part of the county Tuesday to discuss with ranchers the presence of the wolf, which had been tracked by GPS signals to the area.

Odd flirtation with coyotes

At one point the group members stopped and scanned with their binoculars a sagebrush-covered hillside, and to their shock and delight, there stood the most famous canine in California.

“He was about 100 yards away and looking toward them. He may have heard their voices and came out to investigate,” Kovacs said. “Then he moved off and was subsequently joined by coyotes.”

Kovacs said two of the three coyotes came up right next to the 90- to 100-pound wolf.

“They were in very close proximity to OR7,” she said. “I think it was kind of a mutual thing. Maybe there had been some prior contact. They did go off in the same direction together, but shortly after that OR7 went off by himself and then disappeared out of view.”

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Canis Latrans

Photo: Courtesy Richard Shinn Associated Press

Posted in: California wolf, biodiversity

Tags: OR 7/Journey, Lone wolf,  coyotes, California, Golden State

Wile E Coyote Finds Safety In Numbers In Wolf Country

A Wildlife Conservation Society study, on coyote densities in wolf country, found Canis Latrins numbers were lower overall when they shared the neighborhood with wolves, even though they still outnumbered wolves in those areas.

The study followed collared coyotes in Grand Teton National Park and the southern GYE.  It found there were 33% fewer coyotes in Grand Teton NP and 39% fewer coyotes in Yellowstone when wolves were around.

Coyotes are afraid of wolves and with good reason. Wolves view their smaller cousins as competition and let the little “Song Dogs” know it. Of course this is not news, it’s common knowledge there is no love lost between wolves and coyotes.

Wolf/Coyote Interaction: The End of Patience: SigmaEye

In spite of their fears Wile E Coyotes have found a way to stay relatively safe in wolf country. How? They form packs.

There truly is safety in numbers. Lone coyotes have a much higher mortality rate then pack coyotes. Makes sense. Coyotes have each other’s backs when canis lupus moves in.

Coyotes In February, Yellowstone National Park: SigmaEye

Of course it’s not wolves that are the cayotes worst enemy. The study found wolf caused mortality was 13% but humans were responsible for 29% of collared coyote deaths. Not suprisingly, the greatest threat to coyotes is not the wolf but the deadliest predator on the planet, man.

And now for a little Wile E Coyote vs Roadrunner:


Coyotes Cower in Wolf Territory

By LiveScience Staff

posted: 11 September 2007 12:28


* The article uses  Big, Bad Wolf, a term I dislike because it assigns human motives to wolves.


Photos Courtesy SigmaEye and Wikimedia Commons 

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, biodiversity

Tags: coyotes, song dog, wolf/coyote interactions


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SFW-Idaho Predator Derby

September 19, 2009

Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife-Idaho are holding their Fifth Annual Predator Derby. What is this you ask?  The purpose of the derby is to see which team of hunters can kill the most coyotes, bobcats, foxes and wolves in a certain time period. The rules: Each animal is worth points: bobcats and foxes are two points, coyotes two points and wolves three points. The team with the most points wins.  If there is a tie the heaviest weights determine the winner.  There may even be a special prize for the heaviest coyote.

The proceeds of the derby go to their wolf  litigation fund.

I found two definitions of sportsman:

1. a person who exhibits qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc.

2. A person whose conduct and attitude exhibit sportsmanship.

Do either of these definitions describe the actions that will be taken in this derby?  Do sportsman have predator killing contests?

Photos: Wikimedia Commons Posted in: Predator Derby Tags: wolves, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, Idaho SFW killing derby,  coyote killing contest, protest animal cruelty

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