Mammal

Coyote

Area: 
North America
Habitat: 
prairies, deserts, and forests
Food: 
Rabbits, rodents, frogs, fish, insects, snakes, fruit, and deer
Size: 
Body is 32 to 37 inches long; tail, about 16 in
Babies: 
In spring, a litter of 3 to 12 pups is born in a den.
Coyotes that live in deserts are smaller and have lighter-colored coats than those that live in mountain habitats.
Howly Neighbor!

 

You might have a pack of coyotes for neighbors, even if you live in a city! These wild dogs are very secretive, though. You may never see some, but you might hear them. At night, a coyote howls to say “I’m over here, where are you?” Coyotes yelp while playing, bark to say “stay away,” and make a huffing sound to call their pups.

 

Coyotes are excellent hunters. They have terrific vision, a keen sense of smell, and good hearing. They live in family groups, and sometimes the pack cooperates to hunt down a large animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. like a deer.  At other times, coyotes hunt alone or in pairs.

 

Since they are smart and eat many different foods, coyotes can always find something to eat. In some places, coyotes have learned that human’s garbage cans are an easy source of food. They are also attracted to backyards where pet food is left outside. Coyotes are predators—to them, a cat or dog is preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food.. Pet lovers can protect their furry friend from coyotes by feeding it only in the house and keeping it inside at night.