|Coyote (Canis latrans)|
DESCRIPTION: Wt=15-25 lbs (7-11 kg) is most common here, but attains larger sizes farther north. Overall grayish- to rufous-brown.
NATURAL HISTORY: Omnivorous. May be active any time during the day, depending on season and other factors. The coyote has come to symbolize the west and frequently plays a role in Native American tales. The coyote epitomizes adaptability. They live in most habitats, are opportunistic feeders, and even vary their social organization (can travel alone, in pairs, or in packs) depending on conditions. Despite hunting pressures by humans (that decimate wolf populations), the coyote has flourished, replacing the wolf over much of the wolf's former range. Coyotes are famous for their yipping howls, which often are induced by sirens.
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