Breed Description +

Coyotes resemble slender-built medium sized dogs with relatively small paws, proportionately larger ears in relation to their head size than most dog breeds, and a bushy tail that is carried straight out at a level below its back. The coyote’s forelegs, sides of the head, muzzle and feet range from reddish brown to yellowish gray, with a paler buff or white underside. Their coat is often thick and coarse and a longer pelt can usually be found on coyotes in higher elevations. Coyotes can reproduce successfully with both domestic dogs (Coydogs) and Wolves (Coywolf) to produce hybrids, though the frequency with which such mating can occur is unknown and thought likely to be rare in most locations. They prefer to inhabit open country such as prairies and sparse woodland where they are primarily nocturnal in nature. They are successful hunters of small mammals with their ability to run fast and well developed senses of smell and hearing. Coyote's can be very social using high-pitched yelps, howls and barks, especially during the mating season.
  • Genetic Group:

    Wild Canids

  • Observed Weight:

    15 - 46 lb


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The coyote (Canis latrans) is a distant relative of the dog family. The Coyote can be found throughout North America and Canada, ranging throughout the continent from Eastern Alaska to New England in the west and from Northern Canada down to Panama in the south. Nineteen sub-species of coyote have been described, with sixteen of these found in Mexico, the United States and Canada. The coyote is predominantly an opportunistic predator that feeds mainly on small mammals such as voles, rabbits and squirrels and can live over 15 years.

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