Frequently Asked Questions about Coyotes

Even though it is basically a science book illustration, I wanted to give the subjects an appeal or dog-like personality. Like you could walk over and pet them. An effective image, for me, involves this combination of technical accuracy and emotional connection.

illustration of fox, coyote, wolf, and dog for comparison

Questions about coyotes?

Everybody has them. Don’t be afraid to ask. And you won’t have to ask if you just get this new book, appropriately titled, Frequently Asked Questions About Coyotes. It’s published by the Western National Parks Association and Illustrated by Paul Mirocha. FAQ Coyotes won a 2009 media award for publications by the Association for Partner in Public Lands.

For instance, do coyotes chase roadrunners? Not really. In fact they may be allies. Coyotes prey on many of the roadrunner’s enemies. Studies have shown that there are more birds in places where coyotes live than nearby areas without coyotes.

Do you ever wonder where the word “coyote” comes from? I thought not. In any case, it’s from the Aztec word, Coyotl, meaning “singing dog.”

 

1 Comment

  1. Stuart Evins
    August 17, 2016

    I saw your illustration I guess it’s from the book. I notice you have a wolf, coyote and fox, and of course the Siberian Husky. I live in the city of Houston and my brown Siberian Husky, Juno and I walk daily along the bayou and through this big field behind the neighborhood. We often see coyotes in the field. The weird thing is many people walk in the same place and never see the coyotes. I’m fascinated by them because they are so quick and smart but even mores because they survive inside the soon to be 3rd largest city in the United States. I do a lot of photographs on our walks and I looked at your photographs. I don’t do much these days because of the shortage (money), so I’m pretty limited in what I photograph. I looked at your photographs and we photograph similar things in similar ways. I wish I could do illustrations like you do. I would love to see more of your work.

    Take care,
    Stuart

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