Insights into Coyote behavior

By Tomos Williams

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1227&context=icwdm_usdanwrc

A recent paper investigating coyote behavior has discovered that alpha animals react differently to human presence than beta and transient individuals do.

Using radio collar and camera trapping techniques, they found that alpha males and females were more wary of cameras in their own home ranges and often stood on viewpoints when reserchers were working to observe the human’s activities.

It has been suggested that alpha coyotes patrol their territory to  defend against competitors more than beta and transient coyotes do, making them more savvy when it comes to avoiding qurious objects.

This may be because alpha coyotes tend to be older and are therefore more experienced in avoiding traps and areas of human activity.

This also raises the question whether coyotes of different social status build different mental maps of their area.

Egyptian Vulture on camera trap

An Egyptian vulture spreads it’s wings (Image: www.lifeneophron.eu/)

EEgyptian vultures make over 4000km round trips to their wintering sites in Africa, so we can’t blame this vulture for wanting to spread its wings.

Egyptian vulture on camera trap

Egyptian vulture soars above the Greek countryside (Image: http://www.lifeneophron.eu/)

This vulture soars above searching for an easy and safe bite at a feeding station the “The Return of the Neophron” team use to support the population.

Egyptian Vulture on camera trap

An Egyptian vulture up close (Image: http://www.lifeneophron.eu/)

This vulture, with its distinctive yellow-orange face, might be waiting for its mate to return from Africa before breeding.

Thanks to Victoria Saravia and all of the “The Return of the Neophron” team for sharing the photos with us – we wish you the best of luck for the project!

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