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About Coyotes

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About Coyotes

Currently coyotes are not endangered. However, proper conservation is always a good thing, regardless of the species’ endangerment state.

Description

Coyotes have a grizzled gray or reddish-gray fur; long, rusty or yellowish legs; and large ears. On average a grown Coyote weighs between 20 and 40 pounds [1].

Region

Coyotes are pretty much everywhere in North America. They live in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Normally they inhabit forests, plains, and mountains, but they do occasionally enter cities and towns looking for food.

Food

Coyotes are often thought to be only meat eaters, but they are actually omnivores - they eat meat and vegetation [2]. They will eat small game such as rodents, birds, and rabbits. Larger game, such as deer. As well as insects, grass, fruit, snakes, and carrion. Because they eat just about anything, Coyotes play an important role in our ecosystem.

Life Cycle

There is evidence that suggests that Coyotes mate for life [3]. Coyotes breed in February or March. They have a gestation period of around 60 - 63 days and they generally deliver litters of about 5 - 9 pups. The female Coyote will stay in the den with her young until their eyes open - which typically takes 11 or 12 days. During this time, the male Coyote brings food to the den for the female. In the wild, Coyotes live between 10 and 14 years [4].

Habits

Coyotes are solitary animals and mark their territory with urine [5]. During the colder Winter months, however, Coyotes can form packs for more efficient hunting. They are nocturnal, meaning that Coyotes sleep during the day and hunt at night. Coyotes are also very fast. They can run up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour [6].

Sources

  1. http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/wilderness/an...
  2. http://www.livescience.com/27976-coyotes.html
  3. http://www.nationaltrappers.com/coyote.html
  4. https://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-she...
  5. http://www.livescience.com/27976-coyotes.html
  6. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mamm...