coyote

(Canis latrans)

Conservation Status
coyote
Photo by Christa Rittberg
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Total length: 46 to 52

Tail: 12 to 14

 
     
 

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Sign

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open brushy areas.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

10 to 14½ years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 29, 30.

 
  10/9/2022      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placental mammals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Laurasiatheria (ungulates, carnivorans, and allies)  
  Order Carnivora (carnivorans)  
  Suborder Caniformia (dog-like carnivores)  
 

Family

Canidae (canids)  
 

Genus

Canis (wolves and 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)

Great Lakes 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)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

coyote

prairie wolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Dan W. Andree

 
 

Coyote on the run...

I seen it 10-6-22 but it was on the move I wanted to know just what it was so I zoomed as far as I could with my camera and found it to be a coyote. It was fairly good sized too.

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I figured it was a good sized coyote or a small wolf but ended up being the coyote due to narrower nose and bigger ears. Also the area of Norman Co. more typical a coyote than wolf. Location was running across a field just outside the north boundary of a National Wildlife Refuge (Pavia Unit) rural Norman Co. Mn.

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James Folden

 
 

Odd coyote? Or odd fox

I finally was able to get a pic of this critter that has been hanging around the north side of Lake Washington for a month now.

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  No bushy tail, but pretty light for a coyote. Any ideas?   coyote  
 

Ramona Abrego

 
 

Captive – Wildlife Science Center

 
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Christa Rittberg

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

 

 

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Other Videos
 
  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
 
   
 
About

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
pefawa
 
   
 
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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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  Dan W. Andree
10/6/2022

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

I seen it 10-6-22 but it was on the move I wanted to know just what it was so I zoomed as far as I could with my camera and found it to be a coyote. It was fairly good sized too. I figured it was a good sized coyote or a small wolf but ended up being the coyote due to narrower nose and bigger ears. Also the area of Norman Co. more typical a coyote than wolf. Location was running across a field just outside the north boundary of a National Wildlife Refuge (Pavia Unit) rural Norman Co. Mn.

coyote

 
  James Folden
8/27/2022

Location: LeSueur County

I finally was able to get a pic of this critter that has been hanging around the north side of Lake Washington for a month now. No bushy tail, but pretty light for a coyote. Any ideas?

coyote

 

 
  John Valo
8/30/2022

A red fox would have black legs. A gray fox would be mostly grizzled gray with a few buff areas. This is a young (juvenile) coyote.

 
  Ramona Abrego

Location: Wildlife Science Center

Captive

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