Young Coyote
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The coyote (Canis latrans), whose name is variably pronounced "kye-oat" or "kye-yo-tee," is a lanky and medium-sized cousin of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), as well as to domesticated dogs, with which they sometimes mate. Coyotes are a common and widespread inhabitant of many kinds of habitats, from the desert and mountains to coastal lowlands, as well as in and around suburban environments. Their fur is gray in color with touches of black, brown and tan. They are commonly heard as individuals. Small packs howl and yelp mostly in the evening hours when they are more active. They rest in subterranean burrows or dens excavated in well draining soil. Their principal prey consists of jackrabbits, cottontails, and ground squirrels along with smaller rodents and birds. They also eat insects, fruits, berries and carrion. Evidence of these can be found in their scat or droppings. They cover lots of ground in search of prey and are generally wary of human contact. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by Claude G. Edwards

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