Coyote

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Physical Characteristics

Coyote fur ranges in colors from dark grey to red and often depends on what geographic region and subspecies they belong to. Size is also a variable dependent on subspecies. Northern subspecies are usually larger (average 40 lb.) than their Southern cousins (average 25 lb.).

Habitat & Diet

Coyotes are very versatile and make their home throughout North America in almost every climate on the continent. Deserts, forests, mountains, grasslands and even urban areas including New York City and Washington D.C. Their diets are 90% animal matter, though they do forage for berries and other wild growth fruits.

Social Behavior

Coyotes are very social with one another but do not have the strict pack dynamic that their cousin the wolf has. They usually exist in small nuclear families based around a reproductive female. They will band together in non-related groups for the purpose of hunting larger prey or simply for companionship.

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Fascinating Facts

    • Coyotes are considered the most vocal of North American wild mammals and have 11 distinct vocalizations for communicating with other nearby coyotes.
    • Coyotes have learned to thrive in large cities such as New York City and Washington, DC. It is estimated there are about 2,000 coyotes living in metropolitan Chicago.
    • One GPS-collared coyote even raised a litter of five healthy pups inside a secret concrete den in the parking lot of Soldier Field Stadium, home of the Chicago Bears.

Status In The Wild

Coyotes are widespread across North America and they are abundant in the wild to the point that some human communities see them as pests. People will sometimes take population control into their own hands, though for the sake of local ecosystems, this should always be left to professionals. While they have been known to get into backyards and pick off small pets, they present no real danger to adult humans as they are extremely skittish, however, small children need to be carefully watched.

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