Coyote Goes Full Send and Cliff Jumps Into a Gorge

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Written by Angie Menjivar

Updated: November 10, 2023

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Alert coyote looks to the right with a blurred green background
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Coyotes have a creepy ability to climb. If you live in a residential area where coyotes have been spotted, you know the measures you have to take to protect any of your small pets. You know to keep your eye out for coyote scat. In this video, there are people traveling on water and there is a near-vertical cliff face on the right-hand side.

You can hear some men commenting about the coyote in the background as they keep the camera steady on the rocks just ahead of them. It’s unclear where the coyote is because it’s camouflaged so well against the rocks. You don’t quite spot it until it takes that incredible cliff jump. Once you realize just how high up it got, it’s shocking.

The freefall lasts for a few seconds as the coyote kicks its legs to remain steady during the fall. It lands in the water really close to the start of the rocks, which can be quite dangerous. But it managed to cliff jump as if it were an expert. You can hear the men laughing in the background, in awe, as they watch the coyote start swimming against the rocks. It’s quite a sight to witness!

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The men continue on their boat as they follow along the coyote’s path. The coyote, as if completely unfazed by the massive jump it just took, keeps swimming. One of the men on the boat thinks out loud and wonders if he may be able to grab the coyote by the back of the neck and haul it up onto the boat. He jokingly says that they can have him as a pet for the day.

As soon as he says that, the coyote starts climbing up the rocks again. You can tell it’s having a little bit of a hard time, but it manages to gain its footing and starts making its way just like a mountain goat does. However, it seems unsure of which steps to take next as it looks around and tries to figure out what’s going on. It probably doesn’t help that there is a boat of people just in front of him.

It likely feels cornered. The man talks to the coyote, telling it that it was so close to the top. He doesn’t understand what happened. The men in the boat stop to keep their eye on this coyote as it again tries to scale this remarkably high cliff face. Then, the man challenges the coyote, saying “Go for it, let’s see it!” The video ends as the men move away on their boat and the coyote keeps trying to figure out how it’s going to ascend those rocks.

A pair of coyotes

Coyotes are great swimmers but choose to remain dry unless there’s no other choice.


Is it Normal for Coyotes to Climb?

Never underestimate the wily coyote. Not only is it cunning, it is capable of amazing athletic feats such as the jaw-dropping leap, swim, and rock climb in the video! Coyotes exhibit their athleticism in many ways including climbing trees, leaping fences as high as eight feet, running over 30 mph, and hooking their claws into barrier fences, and climbing over if it’s too high to jump. The coyote’s lean, muscular body enables it to accomplish more than its heavier cousins would dare.

While such a feat from the video is rare and not very commonly seen, coyotes are normally brave enough to take risks and push themselves to hunt their prey.

Coyote walks along the water

Coyotes are surprisingly athletic and can even climb trees.

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Angie Menjivar is a writer at A-Z-Animals primarily covering pets, wildlife, and the human spirit. She has 14 years of experience, holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and continues her studies into human behavior, working as a copywriter in the mental health space. She resides in North Carolina, where she's fallen in love with thunderstorms and uses them as an excuse to get extra cuddles from her three cats.

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