Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gottalovemychickens, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy


    pronounced "ki ote " or "ki o tee"

    Where it lives
    The coyote can live in many different places. Coyotes are found out West, on the grassy plains, in the mountains, in the desert and in northern Canada.

    The coyote lives in a den or burrow. It may dig a hole in the ground or on the side of a hill. A hole in some rocks makes a good den for this animal.

    young coyote on the TransCanada highway in B.C.

    The coyote is about the size of a dog. Its fur is greyish-red. The tip of the tail is black. When a coyote runs its bushy tail stays down. It can hear very well with its wide pointy ears. A coyote's nose is pointy. It has a very good sense of smell.
    coyote at night

    A coyote usually hunts at night when animals that it eats come out in search of food. The coyote eats rabbits, hares, small rodents, berries, grass and insects.

    It does not hibernate and needs to hunts for food all winter. The coyote's ears can hear mice and other small animals squeaking and running under the snow.
    a coyote pounces on its prey

    The female has her babies in the den. She usually has 6 pups. She takes very good care of them. As soon as they are old enough they learn how to hunt.

    People trap, shoot and poison coyotes. Farmers and ranchers blame coyotes for killing sheep, cattle, chickens and turkeys. Bears, wolves, mountain lions and eagles all prey on the coyote.

    The coyote's long thick fur protects it well in the winter time. Its coat is light-coloured in the winter and darker in the summer. This helps the coyote blend in with the surroundings.
    The coyote is a good runner and can reach speeds of up to 64 km per hour.

    Coyotes hunt alone or will form groups to hunt larger animals.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2009
  2. ksct

    ksct Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    upstate, NY
    not completely true... we have coyotes here in NY state.....
    Some very interesting information none the less though. hope everyone reads that! Thanks for the info!!!!!
  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    We have them in TN too. I hear them all the time and saw two not far from the house about two weeks ago. I've even see them in urban Nashville. Freaky.
  4. LuggNutt

    LuggNutt In the Brooder

    Sep 8, 2009
    Got em in Florida as well.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Georgia, too. They're rampant down south.
  6. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    anywhere a dog can live outside, a coyote can [​IMG]
  7. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Coyotes have adapted to human areas very, very well. They are found in all of North America, including small towns, and large cities, as well as in Mexico, Central America, and by some accounts, are branching further into South America though that is in some debate. They have interbred to some extent with domestic dogs, though not as much as some think, it is still a possibility. Fact is, they usually lure domestic dogs out of yards etc for dinner... and yes, it's the bad sort of dinner for the pet.

    They eat anything, they are very opportunistic, and take advantage of anything they can find.

    Here's a couple other links.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2009
  8. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    So the big question is how to get rid of them. I never have the gun handy when I see them.
  9. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    I even saw one on TV chasing a roadrunner, kind of a dumb animal always falling off cliffs.
  10. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Quote:Get roadrunners they tend to be bad on the coyote's health... LOL

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