A Coyote Barking To Warn Her Mate

By | February 18, 2013

I heard this Coyote barking before I even saw it. I believe it is a female and I think she was warning her mate that I was in the area.

The first photo shows her barking and how well she blends in with her surrounding. The second photo is when the male arrived and they posed for me before retreating into the corn stalks.

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A Barking Coyote at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma

A Pair Of Coyotes

A Pair Of Coyotes Posing For Me

The calls a coyote makes are high-pitched and variously described as howls, yips, yelps, and barks. These calls may be a long rising and falling note (a howl) or a series of short notes (yips). These calls are most often heard at dusk or night, but may sometimes be heard in the day, even in the middle of the day. Although these calls are made throughout the year, they are most common during the spring mating season and in the fall when the pups leave their families to establish new territories. When a coyote calls its pack together, it howls at one high note. When the pack is together, it howls higher and higher, and then it will yip and yelp and also do a yi-yi sound, very shrill, with the howl.

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “A Coyote Barking To Warn Her Mate

  1. Maria Rosa

    What a great pose of them in the 2nd photo. Nice information on the howls, yips, yelps and barks.

  2. Julie G.

    Beautiful images, Steve! I love the warm golden lighting. We often hear the wild yipping of a coyote pack at the back of our property. Quite a chorus of calls!

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  4. Cindy H

    I love the beauty and grace of coyotes. Even though in the NW of the city of Calgary, AB, Canada, we have to be extremely diligent with small dogs and cats. We live near a river, which makes for nice dog walks, but also for coyote packs who work together to capture their prey. I attend a dog agility course nearby, and on the inside of the doors there are warnings about coyote packs. I’m constantly rooting for the jackrabbits in our neighbourhood. :)