Trickster by Carl Olsen

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This wiley coyote has just stolen food (a partly-eaten apple?) from a boy in his front yard and fled across the street, where I took this photo.

Originally a creature of the North American prairies and deserts (and known as The Trickster in Plains Indian lore) this opportunistic eater is known for its intelligence and resourcefulness. Thriving near human habitation, they have now spread from coast to coast.

As I unfortunately know from personal experience, coyotes have a taste for domestic cats.

Photographed on the Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada.


coyote, british columbia, canada, wildlife

I’m a retired stationary engineer who lives on British Columbia’s scenic Sunshine Coast, which although on the mainland, can only be accessed by water or air – just the way we Coasters like it!

Wildlife and nature photography is my hobby and passion. My primary camera is a Nikon D90 and most of these photos are taken with a Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR lens.

I appreciate and try to answer all sincere comments.

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  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting this shot to Beautiful BC

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture of this beautiful animal. Shame they have had to come more into Human areas and cause issues and the thought of them taking the cats oh not good.

  • Thank you Karen. No, not so good, but that’s the way of nature. I probably should have mentioned that it was man’s near-extermination of the wolf that encouraged the spread of the coyote. Now that wolves are making a come-back locally, it’ll be interesting to see if the coyotes survive.

    – Carl Olsen

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Wow excellent capture Carl, love that intense look on his face.

  • Thank you Andrea – yes, it was watching me carefully as I aimed the camera at it. I only had a few seconds before it disappeared into the bushes. They normally stay clear of people, though, as here, they will snatch food from children. I heard the boy cry out and thought he was just playing. It wasn’t till later that I realized what must have happened.

    – Carl Olsen

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Fabulous eye contact in this capture Carl !

  • Thanks Trish! Yes, its eyes are quite hypnotic, aren’t they?

    – Carl Olsen

  • Thanks for the favorite too :)

    – Carl Olsen

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 3 years ago


    Congrats from your hosts at Tuesday Afternoon Dee

  • Thank you very much Diane – I really appreciate it!

    – Carl Olsen

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Meladana
    Meladanaover 3 years ago

    Great shot of this coyote, looks a bit like a large sized fox!! :)

  • Thank you Chris! Yes, I’ve thought the same thing, though unlike foxes, coyotes can – and sometimes do – interbreed with dogs.

    – Carl Olsen

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 3 years ago


    Congratulations from your hosts of the Tuesday Afternoon group on your Top Ten Placement in the Featured Works challenge!

  • Thank you Diane

    – Carl Olsen

  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreover 2 years ago

    Awesome shot Carl, and yes they do.. and So does are alligators down here in Florida

  • Thanks Jeff. Well, we don’t have a gator problem yet, but with global warming, who knows? :)

    – Carl Olsen

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