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Coyote ~ Kaɪˈoʊti by Kimberly Chadwick
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Marana, Arizona
Canon Powershot SX10IS

Taken this morning, I watched this guy being chased off by ravens. He was eyeballing some road kill and not really focused on my presence (in the truck). Well his patience paid off and he whisked it to the side of the road where I was able to hear him crunch upon his breakfast. he looked up at me, I snapped a few and left him be.


Coyote

Information taken from Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum website

Identifying Features
Coyotes are often mistaken for small to medium sized domestic dogs. They have a long, bushy black-tipped tail, pointed ears and a narrow pointed face. Their fur varies in color, from light brown to grayish. The fur on their belly is usually white.

Adaptations
Coyotes adjust their hunting style to what foods are available. When they hunt small prey alone, they usually stalk it and then pounce. If the prey is larger like a deer, they will often hunt in small packs and work together to kill the prey.

Habitat
Coyotes are known for how well they adapt to different habitats. They can even be found living in and around large cities. In the Sonoran Desert, coyotes can be found in all habitats from desert scrub, grasslands, foothills as well as in populated neighborhoods.

Range
Coyotes can be found throughout North America from eastern Alaska to New England and south into Mexico and Panama.

Wild Status
Currently the coyote population is stable. They are not listed as threatened or endangered.

Diet
Coyotes are omnivores, which means they will eat or try to eat just about anything. In the Sonoran Desert coyotes vary their diet with the seasons. Cactus fruit, mesquite beans, flowers, insects, rodents, lizards, rabbits, birds, and snakes make up some of their dietary choices.

Predators
The most common enemy that coyotes face is disease. Bears, wolves and mountain lions will also prey upon coyotes. Humans pose problems for coyotes as they try to navigate across our busy roads. Many coyotes are struck and killed by cars every year

Home
Coyotes have a central den site which is used for rearing the pups and sleeping. They will scent mark the area around the den and defend it from other coyotes. The den can be a burrow dug into the ground, or under a rock outcropping, a tree or a bush. If the area gets disturbed the mother will often move the pups to a safer location.

Life Span
In the wild, coyotes live between 10-14 years. In captivity they are known to live much longer, as many as 20 years.

Size
A desert coyote usually weighs between 15 to 25 pounds. They stand about 25 inches tall and are 4 feet in length.

Extra Fun-facts

► Coyotes “sing” as a way to communicate with other coyote families and as a way to keep track of their own family members.► Because coyotes are not picky eaters, they have even been known to eat domestic cats and small dogs.

Comparison
Compare with a Dingo of the Australian Desert.

Click here to hear coyote sounds

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animal, arizona, canine, coyote, mammal, trickster, wildlife, nature, kimberly chadwick

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Comments

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 4 years ago

    Way cool!!

  • Thank you Kay!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtalmost 4 years ago

    Look at that face…he seems surprised to see you…beautiful capture. Well done.

  • Thank yo so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Nice shot Kimberly!!

  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Aweesome capture Kim, enjoyed the write up…They are making a come back here in Manitoba.

  • I appreciate that my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago

    Great catch Kimberly. He is so beautiful and that is some great expression you caught on his face. Great capture. Kathy :)

  • I agree Kathy, thank you ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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