CUZNER IN NATURE: Stumbling upon an eastern coyote

Fall is the time of year I start getting back into the woods. Fishing is coming to a close for the season, and the ticks and mosquitos are starting to disappear. I found this coyote on a walk through the woods one morning. Very calm and picturesque. I snapped a few photos and went on my way.

A coyote in Marblehead spots local photographer Rick Cuzner during an early morning walk. COURTESY PHOTO / RICK CUZNER

Eastern coyotes adapt to various habitats, including suburbs, according to MassAudobon. They are nocturnal but can be active anytime. Adults are larger than foxes with pointy noses, erect ears, bushy tails and gray to cinnamon fur. Females average 34-37 pounds, males 34-47 pounds.

Coyotes eat deer, small animals, insects, fruits, birds, eggs, etc. They may raid garbage and pets.

Breeding is in February, with dens prepared in March. After 60-65 day gestation, females deliver four to eight half-pound pups in April. Pups open eyes at 10-14 days and are weaned in two weeks.

The Marblehead Current is proud to partner with photographer Rick Cuzner. For the past 15 years, he has taken thousands of nature photographs that capture the wild animals who call Marblehead home.

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