Facts About Coyotes

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  • The coyote is a clever animal that has adapted well to growing human populations and habitat loss.
  • The name “coyote” is borrowed from Mexican Spanish coyote, ultimately derived from the Aztec word c├│yotl, meaning “trickster”. Its scientific name, Canis latrans, means “barking dog” in Latin.
  • Coyotes have been observed to travel in large groups, they primarily hunt in pairs. Typical packs consist of six closely related adults, yearlings and young.
  • Common names of coyote groups are a band, a pack, or a rout.
  • Coyotes once lived only in prairies and deserts of the western United States and in Mexico. Today they thrive almost anywhere in North America.
  • Cyotes can easily change its behavior to survive in a new place. They can even be found living in and around large cities.
  • Coyotes are often mistaken for small to medium sized domestic dogs. They have a long, bushy black-tipped tail, pointed ears and a narrow pointed face.
  • Coyotes adjust their hunting style to what foods are available. When they hunt small prey alone, they usually stalk it and then pounce. If the prey is larger like a deer, they will often hunt in small packs and work together to kill the prey.
  • In the wild, coyotes live between 10-14 years. In captivity they are known to live much longer, as many as 20 years.
  • A desert coyote usually weighs between 15 to 25 pounds. They stand about 25 inches tall and are 4 feet in length.

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