Coyote in Tinley Park

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The other day my wife came home and told me to go down the street to the lake for a photo opportunity. She said that there were twenty Deer by the lake, eating. I finished what I was doing and then headed out…

As I pulled my car into the parking area, I noticed straight away that there didn’t seem to be any Deer around at all. I went further in so that I could turn around and suddenly, there he was.

I snapped a quick photo from the car when I first saw him.

I watched and shot a lot of photos. They’re all uploaded to a set on Flickr.

I got some nice shots and he ran around for a really long time. Through my observations I figured that he did probably scare away the Deer, but they weren’t what he was eating when I got there… Instead, he was scaring Geese into the air and then eating their eggs. Very clever.

He was a really good size. Bigger than any Coyote I have seen in a Zoo, and bigger than the Mexican Gray Wolves at Brookfield Zoo.

He ran around for a long time eating eggs.

He seemed very wary of coming close to me. Although if I had a young child playing outside with one of those around I would probably be quite concerned to see something that big running around.

2 thoughts on “Coyote in Tinley Park

  1. Cool story, closest I came was near a farm one winter and one came up over the hill with what looked like a large mouse or rat in his mouth. I had to be at least 100 yards away and he knew it immediately. Even with my 100-400 lens I could barely take any images that would be half decent.
    This one has great coloring.

  2. Yeah, he seemed very healthy, very active and thankfully quite wary of me. He’s probably going to have a good winter as the Geese are nesting there and he can just eat eggs and then chicks.

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Animals are very important to me, whether that is the dogs I grew up with, the cats my wife and I got together, the loving Labrador or Siberian Husky we have, or even the animals I see at the Zoo when nobody else seems to want to be there.

Our cats are siblings (brother and sister). The male has Cerebellar Hypoplasia; He walks funny, tends to pee and poop right next to the litter box rather than inside it, and can't jump or scratch furniture. We also have a Black Labrador and a white Siberian Husky. They have slept curled up together every night since both joined our family, and because I work from home, are very attached to their human (me).

One of my favorite things to do is take the Husky on walks during the cold winter here in Illinois. I wanted a Husky for exactly this activity, and I've not been disappointed by his energy or companionship in the colder months.

Left: Our Siberian Husky as a puppy.

 
 
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