On January 4 while I was in Madera Canyon on my Big January hunt with Chris Rihrer and we spotted this coatimundi at the top of the canyon in the parking lot. While I know coati’s live in Arizona, until recently I had only seen a brief glimpse of one. I have now seen this one twice, both times in Madera. These photos were taken on the 4th however as I did not have my camera with me the second time. The Coati is known to frequent the bird feeders at the Santa Rita Lodge.
Like a raccoon, it loves to eat human food scraps and will scrounge around looking for them. Someone obviously left this food out for it on purpose and Chris and I just happened to come along as it was feeding.
DO NOT DO THIS!
I was fascinated by its long nose, which to me seemed as flexible and sensitive as an anteater’s, or an elephant’s trunk. I was a bit intimidated by the animal’s size and kept my distance while photographing it. At times it started towards us, hoping we would give it some food, but we did not. I hope you enjoy this photo essay of this amazing creature!