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Wyman Meinzer
Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1995
QL737 .C22 M44 1995

Shuddering beneath a thick layer of clothing, I turned my face away from the bitter December wind sweeping across the barren hilltop where I lay. I clutched my camera and heavy lens in one hand and inched myself along the rough terrain with the other. Twenty yards further I saw the blind I had constructed out of mesquite wood. The coyotes had accepted its presence after four or five days of close scrutiny. In the hopes of getting some great photos of coyotes interacting, I had placed a dead cow some thirty yards distance from the blind. Using the cold wind to my advantage, I painstakingly crawled to the door of the blind and entered. I peered discretely over the log breastwork and thrilled at the sight before me. Seven or eight coyotes stood around the carcass and another four or five lurked in the brush beyond...

Through his stunning photography, Meinzer chronicles the life of the coyote from a flea-covered, one pound fuzzball whelp into a glistening, furry jewel that moves with fluid grace across the Texas plains. The coyote is often used as a symbol of western freedom and imagination, and historically its range was restricted to the region west of the Mississippi River. Over the last one hundred years, despite an outright war of extermination waged by ranchers, farmers, and the U.S. government, this canine has expanded its range until its howl now echoes from the alleys of Los Angeles and the Bronx and from Alaska to Costa Rica. As its range expanded, so did the fallacies and myths attributed to this animal. Until recently surprisingly little was known about the biology of this canine. As he did in The Roadrunner, Meinzer gives us a personal account of the years he spent observing and photographing this often maligned animal. Seasoned with humor and poignancy, his observations give us a glimpse into the heart and soul of this intelligent and adaptable native North American species.

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