COYOTE

pronounced "ki ote " or "ki o tee"

Where it lives
The coyote can live in many different places. Coyotes are found out West, on the grassy plains, in the mountains, in the desert and in northern Canada.

The coyote lives in a den or burrow. It may dig a hole in the ground or on the side of a hill. A hole in some rocks makes a good den for this animal.

by Steve Canipe, Pics4Learning (9/19/01)
young coyote on the TransCanada highway in B.C.
Appearance
The coyote is about the size of a dog. Its fur is greyish-red. The tip of the tail is black. When a coyote runs its bushy tail stays down. It can hear very well with its wide pointy ears. A coyote's nose is pointy. It has a very good sense of smell.

coyote in the snow

Food
A coyote usually hunts at night when animals that it eats come out in search of food. The coyote eats rabbits, hares, small rodents, berries, grass and insects.

It does not hibernate and needs to hunts for food all winter. The coyote's ears can hear mice and other small animals squeaking and running under the snow.

a coyote pounces on its prey
Babies
The female has her babies in the den. She usually has 6 pups. She takes very good care of them. As soon as they are old enough they learn how to hunt.

by G.and B. Corsi, California 
Academy of Sciences


Enemies
People trap, shoot and poison coyotes. Farmers and ranchers blame coyotes for killing sheep, cattle, chickens and turkeys. Bears, wolves, mountain lions and eagles all prey on the coyote.



Adaptations
The coyote's long thick fur protects it well in the winter time. Its coat is light-coloured in the winter and darker in the summer. This helps the coyote blend in with the surroundings.

The coyote is a good runner and can reach speeds of up to 64 km per hour.

Coyotes hunt alone or will form groups to hunt larger animals.


CANADIAN ANIMALS

COYOTES report



images :
coyote images - Free Wild Animal Pictures
cyt6.jpg by Steve Canipe, Pics4Learning
(pups.jpg) Gerald and Buff Corsi California Academy of Sciences.
Manzanita Project

J.Giannetta
jgiannet@hotmail.com
2001, updated 2011

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