- coyotes typically grow up to 75–87 centimeters (30–34 inches)in length and on average, weigh from 7–21 kilograms (15–46 pounds)
- northern coyotes are typically larger than southern subspecies, with the largest coyotes on record weighing 74¾ pounds (33.7 kg) and measuring over five feet in total length. Wow!
- mountain coyotes tend to be dark furred while desert coyotes tend to be more yellowish in color
What do they eat?
They eat small mammals, such as voles, prairie dogs, eastern cottontails, ground squirrels, and mice, though they will eat birds, snakes, lizards, deer, javelina, and livestock as well as large insects and other large invertebrates. Rabbits and hares are typically dietary staples. Although they will consume large amounts of carrion, they prefer fresh meat.
Fruits and vegetables are a significant part of the coyote's diet in the autumn and winter months Packs of coyotes can bring down prey as large as adult elk. Blueberries and other wild fruits are commonly eaten, in quantity, in summer and fall.
Part of the coyote's strength as a species is its ability to adapt its diet. Coyotes have been known to eat human garbage and domestic pets. Having the ability to eat anything it can chew, the coyote is a cunning hunter and an opportunistic scavenger. The coyote can run up to 40 mph, and combine its abilities with one or two others when they are running down their prey. Coyotes can eat insects, arachnids, rabbits, deer, big horn sheep, chickens, and sheep. They also may eat household pets such as cats and dogs. Depredation, killing coyotes because they are harmful, has become common in ranching areas. Ranchers fear for their wildlife.Also, since the coyote's fur has become so valuable, man became their main predator. They are scared of us, because we are the dominant species. Also, another reason is that we can eat almost anything we want, INCLUDING THEM!