Description of the Coyote
The coyote is a member of the dog family. They can weigh from 20 to 50 pounds and are light gray or tan with a black tip on the tail. The ears are wide, pointed and erect. The muzzle is wide and tapering with a black nose. The paw, more elongated than a dog's has four toes with non-retractable claws.

The coyotes underparts are white and in the winter their coats become long and silky. They are intelligent, playful and extremely adaptable.


The coyote is one of the few mammals whose range is increasing despite persecution by people. Alone or in packs, coyotes maintain their territory by marking it with urine. They also use calls to defend their territory as well as for strengthening social bonds and communication.


The coyote mates for life. Between January and March is the breeding period. One to twelve pups are born either in April or May. Both parents hunt and feed the young. Families stay together through the summer and breakup in the fall with the pups establishing their own territory.