Learn how to tell the difference between a gray wolf and a coyote by reference to a handful of distinguishing attributes. With wolves in the process of returning to many areas in the Lower 48, the odds of seeing a wolf are increasing. Follow this quick reference guide to make sure you don't mix up the two.
Gray Wolf Facts
Attributes common to the Gray Wolf:
Color: light gray to black
Dimensions: 2.5 feet tall, 5-6 feet long
Features: Rounded Ears, Broad Snout, Large nose pad
Weight: 80-120 lbs.
Paw Size: 4 x 5 inches
Attributes common to the Coyote:
Color: light gray/brown
Dimensions: 1.5 feet tall, 4 feet long
Features: Tall Pointed Ears, Narrow Snout, Small nose pad
Weight: 20-50 lbs.
Paw Size: 2-2.5 inches