Creature Futures

The fur is long and coarse and is generally grizzled buff above and whitish below, reddish on the legs, and bushy on the black-tipped tail.

Coyotes are not picky eaters. They eat small game such as rodents, rabbits, fish and frogs. They are omnivores, with meat being their primary diet

Coyotes mate between January and March. Young are born blind and helpless, but after two to three weeks, pups start emerging from the den to play. Weaning occurs at five to seven weeks, and both parents feed and care for the pups until they are fully grown and independent.

Fun Facts

  • Other Names: Prairie Wolf, Brush Wolf, American Jackal
  • Scientific Name: Canis latrans
  •  Conservation Status: Least concern
  •  Lifespan: 6 to 8 years in the wild, up to 21 years in captivity
  • Body Length: 24 inches at the shoulders, 3 to 4 ft. long including the tail
  • Weight: 20 to 50 pounds
  • Gestation: 58 to 65 days
  • Number of Young: 4 to 7 pups
  •  Habitat: Plains, forests, mountains and deserts
  • Distribution: Desert areas of Mexico and central North America.

Did You Know?

Known for howling at the moon, coyotes hunt at night and howl to communicate their location. They are also known for being “wily”; in fact, they are very smart creatures and have a heightened sense of hearing, smell and sight.