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Coyotes Canis latrans. By Vanessa Schroeder. Habitat . Frequents open brush/ scrubby landscapes Can live almost anywhere Cities (e.g. LA) Cropland Low deciduous or coniferous forests Live in dens. www.openspaceauthority.org. What’s for Dinner?. Known as an “omnivorous opportunist”

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coyotes canis latrans

CoyotesCanis latrans

By Vanessa Schroeder

habitat
Habitat
  • Frequents open brush/scrubby landscapes
  • Can live almost anywhere
  • Cities (e.g. LA)
  • Cropland
  • Low deciduous or
  • coniferous forests
  • Live in dens

www.openspaceauthority.org

what s for dinner
What’s for Dinner?
  • Known as an “omnivorous opportunist”
  • Eats almost anything it can get its paws on:
    • Favorite food is small

rodents and rabbits

    • Insects
    • Carrion
    • Fowl
    • Snakes
    • Rodents
    • Grass/fruit/nuts
night owls
Night Owls
  • Nocturnal
  • Hunt either alone, in pairs or small family groups
  • Howl but also give sharp high pitched barks
  • Hence the name Canis latrans which means “barking dog”
desert adaptations
Desert Adaptations
  • Half the weight of other
  • coyotes
  • Thinner coat made upof shorter fur
  • Paler color (camouflage and heat dissipation)

http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Coyotes.htm

speed demons
Speed Demons
  • Travel up to several hundred miles at night running around 25-30 mph and sprinting up to 40 mph
  • Tracks its prey with heightened sense of smell

http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Coyotes.htm

song dog
Song Dog
  • Known as “song dog” in some Native American languages because of their vocal capabilities
    • Yip
    • Bark
    • Howl
    • Growl
    • Whine
    • Short and sharp yaps

www.istockphoto.com

breeding
Breeding
  • Mate for life
  • 3-9 pups in a litter
  • Prime mating season in January
  • Pups born in April-May

http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Coyotes.htm

intelligence
Intelligence
  • Learn quickly
  • Highly adaptable
  • Smart
problem child
Problem Child
  • Occasionally attacks livestock
  • May prey on small dogs or cats
  • Takes advantage of garbage cans
  • Trapping, exclusion (fencing) and shooting most common ways to deal with “coyote problem”
  • May shoot coyotes on site
  • Trapping season in winter

http://msucares.com/news/print/fwnews/fw01/010212ds.htm

petcaretips.net

geography
Geography
  • Originated in SW United States
  • Adapted to surrounding environments quickly after wolf populations began to dwindle
conservation
Conservation
  • Non-game animals
  • Abundant population
  • Farmers/ranchers kill to protect crops and livestock
  • Necessary to “preserve balance of nature”
  • Control rodent population
the end
The End

http://dailycoyote.blogspot.com/