A Pile of Coyote Pups

Posted on 29 June 2014


A Pile of Coyote Pups, Grand Teton National Park, WY. May 29, 2014 © Copyright Ben Gundy – all rights reserved.

On my spring 2014 photographic workshop to Grand Teton National Park, we were lucky enough to find a Coyote den under a 1860’s cabin. Days before we got there, a tourist walked up to the den with her point and shoot camera, stuck it into the den’s entrance and took a photo with flash. When the rangers found this out they put up signs around the perimeter of the den, now people cannot get within 100 yards of the den. Tourist, what are they thinking…

This one den contained ten 2-3 week old pups. This image shows five of them as the other five didn’t come out of the den until later. Being 2-3 weeks old they are still a little wobbly in their playing but mostly they sleep waiting for their mother to show up for nursing. These pups are already used to humans being around and don’t become alarmed unless a car backfires or some other loud noise. The mother nurses the pups in the den and when she does arrive at the den, you won’t see her or a pup for a while. These pups definitely show their innocence of the world at this moment, mother has a lot of life teaching ahead…

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Canon EOS 1D Mark 1V

Canon EF 500mm f4.5L with Canon 1.4x III at 700mm

ISO 800, 1/800 sec at f/11


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