We saw a few animals on our trip to the Canyon. On our way out we drove on a lonely stretch of road and passed what we thought at first was a dog. We thought it may have been lost and as we hadn't been going very fast and as there were no other cars in the area, we slowly backed up to find what was actually a coyote standing on the side of the road.She didn't seem very worried about us and we thought how beautiful she was. The last time we saw a coyote was in our old neighborhood back in San Diego many years before, when one wandered down from the mountain behind us and rested underneath a bush in our next door neighbor's front yard. That one looked a scraggly, poor little thing, half starving. Our neighbors had a dog so they fetched it some dog food and a bowl of water. It shuffled slowly out on its tummy and helped itself to food and water, went back into the bushes and rested for a good long while and eventually went back up into the mountain. We never saw it again. This coyote I am thankful to say looked decidedly healthy with a beautiful coat that gleamed in the sunlight. I don't know how long she would have stayed there staring at us but we were the first ones to move on, and the sight of her was a highlight of our holiday and a total gift.
I am presuming this is a little Jackrabbit. We spotted it scampering near the Watchtower.There were warning signs of the Mountain Lion but we didn't see one, perhaps just as well.The only other animal that we saw in that general area, apart from the birds, was a wolf that ran across the road. Gregg got a very clear look of it but I only got a quick glimpse of a flash of something running into the trees.
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