(Canis latrans)

STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: 32-37 in. in length and weigh about 15-50 lbs

DIET: They are omnivorous, and eat seeds, berries, birds, and mammals such as eastern cottontail rabbits, thirteen-lined squirrels, and white-footed mice.

HABITAT: They live in a wide variety of habitats such as forests, grasslands, deserts, swamps, and even urban areas. Coyotes build their own dens by either digging burrows or reusing one found.

NOTES: They are nocturnal animals, but may appear during sunset. They are highly vocal animals using yelps, howls, squeaks. They can also use body language and facial expressions to detect what the others are feeling. They urinate and defecate to mark their territories. They have been known to live up to 14 years in the wild. Coyotes can jump 4 meters horizontally and run up to 40 mph. Coyotes are monogamous, which means they only have one mate their entire life. Like wolves, coyotes live in packs and have a complex social structure.

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