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Watch out for the coyote! Trail camera theft by wildlife recorded in Canada

Coyote captured on trail camera
(Image credit: CTV News)

A family home in West Edmonton, Canada, captured unique surveillance footage of a coyote stealing their trail camera (opens in new tab). The neighborhood charmingly named Wolf Willow along the river valley sees numerous regular visits from wildlife such as deer and porcupines, but never have any of them committed a theft of this nature. 

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The owner of the property, Kevin Hogan told CTV News (opens in new tab) that he reviews footage captured by the trail camera every so often to see if any animals had approached or took a whiff of his cameras, they tend to take off and run away if disturbed. 

Hogan thought it best to try and recover the trail camera by trundling through the ravine behind his home, "I just got lucky finding it...I guess it must have been something he [the coyote] was after". Hogan found it unusual that the coyote took such an initial interest in the white camera to begin with, "he must have been chewing on it like a toy" he suggests.

Another theory from Hogan is that the coyote was "casing the joint out" and taking care of the surveillance of the property to return for the bones in the garden that Hogan's dog, Major, buries frequently. 

Searching for "coyote steals camera" on the internet yields more results than admittedly expected. This is clearly an unusual but somewhat common problem in specific areas. Do you think taking out camera insurance includes cover for the possibility of a potential coyote theft?

Check out our buying guides on The best camera insurance for photographers (opens in new tab) and The best portable hides and camouflage gear (opens in new tab) to ensure that your expensive equipment stays as safe as possible when shooting wildlife and avoid the grasp of those conniving coyotes. 

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.