This coyote was across the street from our house at lunchtime today. it was lunchtime for him as well I suspect. Seeing him confirmed my suspicions that coyotes were visiting the property in front of our place.
I had seen pawprints where dogs would not have been - on the top of a cairn of rocks where I imagine mice and squirrels live...and Santiago spent a long time sniffing some pawprints more than others...so I was sure coyotes had been on our street.
The yard where he was, is a large piece of property by Banff standards and stretches from the block above us to our street. There is a hill and the houses are on the other street and on the hill and the back of the land - which reaches our street is open and forested...So this is where the coyote was hunting today. Though we scared it up the hill a little way - we obviously did not scare it very much The dog was on a leash and the coyote just sat and looked at us and kept an eye on his dining room - wanting us to leave.
I have to say he did not look like the scrawny starved coyotes I saw in Ontario. He had a beautiful gleaming and full coat and tail...he looked well fed.
In the second picture you might find him to the right of the tree trunk through the branches.
I have to say I was thrilled to get a sequence of photos - including him yawning at us.