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Hot on the Trail: Coyotes

Posted on December 17, 2014

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A big thanks to our friend Dr. Heather Hinam for the amazing photo of one of our resident coyotes! Check out Second Nature, Adventures in Discovery & more of Dr. Hinams beautiful photos on Facebook!

Scientific Name: Canis latrans


If you quickly catch a glance of a coyote, you might think its man's best friend. With coyotes being distant relatives of our domesticated dogs, they do have a lot of similar qualities. With pointy ears, long nose, and a sense of curiosity, these brown to grey colored pups love to get into trouble.  
Coyotes are fond of howling, particularly at twilight. If one coyote hears the howl of another, or it hears a similar noise, it will prick its ears up in the air, as if to acknowledge hearing the sound, and will often howl back in reply.
Food Sources
Coyotes mainly feed on small animals, like rabbits, shrews, voles, mice, the occasional bird, insects, and skunks. But unlike what most people think, they are actually considered omnivores. They do eat vegetation, like berries, and have sometimes been seen eating grass.  


Coyotes thrive in many different habitats ranging from warm deserts to wet grasslands and plains, to colder climates and higher elevation, to large cities. Coyotes have shown themselves to be great survivors, a skill they do not appear to be losing. In many ways they are victims of success, as their range expands and they come into increasing conflict with humans.


Coyote pups are born blind, but open their eyes after only 10 days. In the wild, coyotes can live to be 14 years old. An adult coyote can jump a horizontal distance of up to 4 metres.
-Ranger Rachel