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The coyote has grayish-brown to yellowish-brown fur on top and whitish fur on its underparts. It has large triangular ears on the top of its head and a long, narrow muzzle. It has a black nose; yellow eyes; and a long, bushy tail. Coyotes typically grow to 30–34 in length. One way to tell the coyote apart from wolves and dogs is to watch its tail when it runs. The coyote runs with its tail down. Dogs run with their tails up, and wolves run with their tails straight out.
Coyotes can be found in a variety of habitats including fields, plains and bushy areas. Coyotes are found in all parts of the United States, except for Hawaii. They are also found in Mexico, Central America, and most of Canada.
This handsome guy was out for a frosty morning prowl in our backyard.