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ries from grayish-brown to yellowish-gray on the upper parts, while the throat and belly tend to have a buff or white color. The forelegs, sides of the head, muzzle and paws are reddish-brown. The back has tawny-colored underfur and long, black-tipped guard hairs that form a black dorsal stripe and a dark cross on the shoulder area. The black-tipped tail has a scent gland located on its dorsal base. Coyotes shed once a year, beginning in May with light hair loss, ending in July after heavy shedding. The ears are proportionately large in relation to the head, while the feet are relatively small in relation to the rest of the body. Certain experts have noted the shape of a domestic dog's brain case is closer to the coyote's in shape than that of a wolf's. Mountain-dwelling coyotes tend to be dark-furred, while desert coyotes tend to be more light brown in color. Coyotes typically grow to 30–34 in (76–86 cm) in length, not counting a tail of 12–16 in (30–41 cm), stand about 23–26 in (58–66 cm) at the shoulder and, on average, weigh from 15–46 lb (6.8–21 kg) Northern coyotes are typically larger than southern subspecies, with the largest coyotes on record weighing in at almost 75 pounds (34 kg) and measuring 1.75 m (5.7 ft) in total length.
Highly adaptive, and able to live in and around humans, without being detected as often as one might think.
While out on a morning hike in Havenwoods State Park, an urban State Park located in the middle of the northern side of Milwaukee ( A rather large and urban city) I happened upon this coyote, we had a stare down, while I slowly moved my camera up to make this capture. I got this rather nice capture, before it ran off into the brush. I had been there to hike and look for white tailed deer that I knew were in the area. This was a thrilling bonus.