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The Coyote is a member of the dog family. In
size and shape the Coyote is like a medium-sized Collie dog, but its tail is
round and bushy and is carried straight out below the level of its back.
||Coyotes found in low deserts
and valleys weigh about 20 pounds, less than half of their mountain kin,
who can weigh up to 50 pounds. Desert Coyotes are light gray or tan with a
black tip on the tail.
Coyotes of high elevations have fur that
is darker, thicker and longer; the under parts are nearly white, with some
specimens having a white tip on the tail. In winter the coats of mountain
Coyotes become long and silky, and trappers hunt them for their fur.
The Coyote is one of 8 species of the
genus Canis. Four of these are jackals of Europe, Africa & Asia.
Other members of the genus include the Gray Wolf (C. lupus), the Red Wolf
(C. rufus) and all the breeds of the domestic dog (C. familiaris).
Coyote Physical Appearance
The Coyote is one of the few wild
animals whose vocalizations are commonly heard. At night Coyotes both howl (a
high quavering cry) and emit a series of short, high-pitched yips. Sometimes,
when it is first heard, the listener may experience a tingling fear of primitive
danger, but to the seasoned outdoorsman, the howl of the Coyote is truly a song
of the West.
The Coyote's tail is used in threat displays. It becomes bush and is held
horizontally when the Coyote displays aggression.
The Coyote's hearing is very acute and is used for detecting prey and avoiding
danger. Movement and position of the ears is used to communicate mood and rank.
The Coyote's sense of smell is highly developed and is used to detect prey and
carrion. It is also used to detect the scent left by other Coyotes as
The Coyote has 5 digits on the forefeet, including the dewclaw (remnants 5th
digit) and 4 digits on the hindfeet. the Coyote is digitigrade meaning it
walks with only its toes touching the ground.