Coyote Facts!

Coyote by Jitze Couperus cc2.0

Coyote Facts!

Coyote by Jitze Couperus cc2.0

Famous for its piercing howl, the coyote is one of the fastest terrestrial animals in North America, reaching speeds of up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour. It is a close relative of the wolf.

Cayote between Slumgullion Pass and Creede
Image credit: Larry Lamsa cc2.0

Coyotes are not very particular about their meals. Though they are generally thought to be carnivores, they are actually omnivores, feeding on mammals, fish, fruit and vegetables, and are even known to hunt domestic cats and dogs and rummage through garbage. When they eat, they barely chew their food before swallowing it in large chunks.

Mearns’ coyote (C. l. mearnsi) pups playing by g’pa bill cc2.0

Coyote packs are made up of the dominant (alpha) pair and their offspring from previous years. The pups are fed regurgitated food by both parents. Coyotes have also been known to practice alloparenting, which is when a pair adopts the pup or pups of another pair. This is done if the pups are orphaned or have been separated from their original parents in some way.

Coyotes are featured in the following books:
25 Desert Animals
101 Facts… Desert Animals
101 Facts… Wild Dogs, Wolves and Foxes!

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Coyotes. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Coyote Hunting by waywardmuse
  2. Desert Wildlife Night Cam #2 (Coyote & Roadrunner) by waywardmuse
  3. Coyote predators – Natural World – BBC by BBCEarth
  4. Scheels Coyote Documentary by scheelsadmin
  5. Coyote Country by WildKingdomTV
  6. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom: Predators of the Marsh by WildKingdomTV
  7. 13 Most Dangerous Animals in North America – Summary in Under 120 Seconds by by IP Factly


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