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Marking Territories

I wrote last week about the female wolf that has been marking her territory here on the ranch in the southern Wind Rivers. She was able to do that because we had the sheep and their livestock guardian dogs away from home for lambing season, but we’ve moved back closer to home.

It didn’t take long for the guardian dogs to find the wolf’s territorial marking. Awbi, a Central Asian Ovcharka female, put her own marks over the top of that of the wolf. (And she appeared to be grinning while doing it.)

About an hour after the game camera captured images of Awbi, a coyote came through to have a look around.

It only took a few seconds for the coyote to decide that this was not a safe place for a coyote to be.

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