The majority of the pictures and video clips that I have of Coyotes are fleeting....mostly I have quick shots, or blurry shots of an individual before it was spooked and ran off.
Not the case here. In fact, this Coyote appears to be luxuriating in the fact that he can roll around in a bit of urine. Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) urine to be precise.
I'm obviously anthropomorphizing, but he almost appears to dive in with great relish.....and expresses little obvious concern for any potential threats. This is not at all what I'm used to from Coyotes on my cameras....
He also gets alittle mouthy on one of the stakes that I use to hold scent....
This individual shows none of that (particularly in the second clip below, where he must be getting a face-full of red LED). I've been camera trapping this site for over a year now. Perhaps that's enough time for them to fully acclimate. Also...the fact that we are not too ridiculously far out of the mating season (January/February) may have something to do with it.
Also of interest: there is a similar scent stake on the left of our field of view that is holding Coyote urine.
Once satisfied, Wil E. decides to move along in search of other opportunities.
I've posted on this type of "scent rolling" behavior in the past (involving a Gray Fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus) from North Carolina. I also included a brief review of existing literature that I could find on the topic, which I'll re-post at the bottom.
Roughly half an hour later, a trio of rather concerned White-tails cautiously come along to check things out.
If they are the group I've seen most of the summer/fall, it's a doe and her twin boys.....