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The coyote are also known as the American jackal or the prairie wolf. Coyotes are a species of canine found throughout North and Central America, ranging from Panama in the south, north through Mexico, the United States and Canada.


Overview of the Coyote

Overview of the Coyote

The coyote, also called the American jackal or prairie wolf, are a species of canine found in Central and North America. They can be found as far north as Alaska, and as far south as Panama. There are 19 subspecies, with 3 found in Central America, and 16 found in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The scientific name for coyotes is Canis latrans, which literally means "barking dog" in Latin. Coyotes live a maximum of 10 years in the wild and 18 years in captivity. Typically, they grow to nearly 3 feet in length (not counting a tail length of 12Ė16 inches), and approximately 2 feet in height at the shoulder. Coyotes weigh anywhere from 15 to 46 pounds, although the largest coyote on record weighed nearly 75 pounds, and measured 5 feet in length.

Coyotes typically hunt in pairs, although they have been observed in packs. Coyote packs are usually smaller than wolf packs and the pack hierarchy is less stable. In areas where wolves have been exterminated, coyotes usually fill the void. They coexist with humans much better than wolves do.

Coyotes are opportunistic and versatile carnivores, with a 90% mammalian diet. The coyote uses itís swiftness and agility to catch itís prey: a coyote may reach speeds up to 43 miles per hour, and can jump over 13 feet. Primarily, they eat small mammals like rabbits, squirrels, mice, and birds, as well as snakes, and lizards. They also eat large insects and other large invertebrates.

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