In some Native American cultures, the coyote was considered to have magical, or mystical energy. Early on our bike around the lake, we spotted this beautiful fellow near a city park in South Lake Tahoe.
“Many primordial tribal tales provide a glimpse of Coyote's mystical power. In most, Coyote isn't merely a wild dog, but divine, an immortal spirit that brought his universal magic and good medicine to the First People. The Crow tribe describes him as the Creator of the world and all it holds, the First Artist, the First Worker.” From: http://coyotekiva.org/coyote.html