Coyote

Canis latrans

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  • Coyote |  Photo: NPS
  • Coyote |  Photo: NPS
  • Coyote |  Photo: NPS
  • Coyote |  Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Carnivora

Family

Canidae

Size

Coyotes are generally between 2.5 and 3.75 feet in length.

Lifespan

up to 18 years in the wild

Weight

Coyote (Canis latrans) facts, habitat, diet, range, coyote pictures and more to help you learn to identify the wild dog.

Diet

Coyotes are eat a mainly carnivorous diet consisting of small mammals and carrion, but will also on occasion consume some plant life.

Breeding

Females birth 1-15 pups.

Range

California, Mid-west, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Coast, Alaska

Danger

Coyote attacks on humans are rare, but have happened.

What does the Coyote look like?

Coyotes color can vary from a gray brown to a yellow gray. They under carriage is white. Their tail is half the length of their body and is black tipped. Their ears are erect and their muzzle is long and slender.

Coyote Habitat

Grasslands, Forests

Coyote Facts

Coyotes are much smaller than Gray Wolves and much larger than foxes. Where hunted intensively Coyotes form smaller packs, and breed at an earlier age. Coyotes are known to kill livestock and that tendency often gets them killed by ranchers. They can run nearly 40 mph.

Coyote Distribution



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