coyote

(Canis latrans)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

coyote

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Habitat

Open brushy areas.

Lifespan

10 to 14½ years

Size

Total length: 46 to 52

Tail: 12 to 14

Photo by Christa Rittberg

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Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 13, 15, 29.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Carnivora (carnivores)

 

Suborder:

Caniformia (caniform carnivores)

 

Family:

Canidae (dog, coyote, wolf, fox )

 

Subfamily:

Caninae

 

Tribe:

Canini (true dogs)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Belize coyote (Canis latrans goldmani)

California Valley coyote (Canis latrans ochropus)

Colima coyote (Canis latrans vigilis)

desert coyote (Canis latrans estor)

Dickey’s coyote (Canis latrans dickeyi)

Durango coyote (Canis latrans impavidus)

Lower Rio Grande coyote (Canis latrans microdon)

Mearns coyote (Canis latrans mearnsi)

Mexican coyote (Canis latrans cagottis)

mountain coyote (Canis latrans lestes)

northeastern coyote (Canis latrans thamnos)

northern coyote (Canis latrans incolatus)

northwest coast coyote (Canis latrans umpquensis)

pallid coyote (Canis latrans pallidus)

peninsula coyote (Canis latrans peninsulae)

plains coyote (Canis latrans latrans)

plains coyote (Canis latrans nebracensis)

San Pedro Martir coyote (Canis latrans clepticus)

southeastern coyote (Canis latrans frustror)

southeastern coyote (Canis latrans hondurensis)

Texas plains coyote (Canis latrans texensis)

Tiburon Island coyote (Canis latrans jamesi)

 
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coyote

prairie wolf


 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Here is a collection of Coyote photos from the Arden Hills Army Training Site.

 
     

 

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  Coyote Hunting for Food, Banff National Park (Canis latrans)
Wandering Sole TV
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 16, 2013

A coyote in search of food in Banff National Park. I watched her leap into the snow four times. Despite her best efforts, I never saw her come up with a meal for herself. She must do alright though - she looked quite well fed.

I like the leap she does at 1:15, as she has better success breaking through the snow with that jump.

 
     
  Coyotes hunting - Canis latrans - American jackal - prairie wolf
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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2012

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Spring in Banff National Park. Meltwater in every nook and cranny swells the rivers and mountain lakes, so contributing to the circle of life.

Down in the dales and valleys, the coyotes appear, hunting for ground squirrels. The coyote is often mistaken for the wolf, another inhabitant of these parts.

But the coyote is at least a third smaller. Its behaviour is best characterised as a dog hunting like a cat. A solitary hunter, its prey consists primarily of small animals. They primarily hunt in pairs.

Coyotes, also referred to as barking dogs (Canis latrans, means "barking dog" in Latin) are primarily found near prairies. As man slowly wiped out the wolf, the coyote took its place. Coyotes are pure carnivores.

Nowadays the coyote can be found throughout North and Central America., from Alaska to Costa Rica and from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

 
     
  Howling Coyote
Bowtech2179
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 4, 2008

Check out this coyote. He was filmed @ 30 yds away, in wide open country. He was definetly not afraid of me!

 
     
  Coyote...Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 5/4/2013, watch in HD
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Published on May 4, 2013

This coyote was looking for rodents around a fallen tree when it noticed a group of people walking down one of the refuge trails. It jumped up upon the tree and its hunger turned to curiosity as it stopped to watch the group pass by. While it wasn't close to the trail it probably could have been seen had the walkers only turned and looked for it between the trees...

 
     
  Coyote on a Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek in Minnesota
Alex Galt
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012

I took this footage with a 3x point-and-shoot camera while on a field trip for an Animal Behavior course I took as an undergraduate at North Dakota State University. We were in an observation blind on a greater prairie-chicken lek at the Buffalo River State Park and witnessed lek polygyny first hand. This coyote's failed attempts at getting close to any birds suggest that safety in numbers seems to be one of the benefits of this mating system. The behaviors of the male prairie-chickens are clearly driven by hormones as they continue to display with a large predator on the lek and then fly at the last second. The males instantly came back to the "hotspot" on the lek after the coyote got our scent and ran off!

 
     

 

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