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Canis latrans


This is a medium-sized canid whose grizzled coat varies from gray to white to brown to a rusty tan.


A generalist, coyotes can be found in mountains, boreal forest, eastern deciduous forest, and grasslands. They are even becoming common in suburban areas.


Coyotes were native to western North America, but in recent decades this highly adaptable animal has spread east. Some believe that the "eastern" variety may have interbred with wolves and are much larger than their western compatriots as a result. An interesting article about Coy-Wolves can be read at

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VineWorld 10 years ago

That's too bad. Would of been a neat example of heterochromia iridis.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

It certainly does look like his/her eyes are different color, but I took a look at a zoomed-in view of the original and both eyes have yellow irises with the expected black pupil. This small version just makes it look like the eyes are different colors.

Jeannette 10 years ago

Beautiful animal :)

VineWorld 10 years ago

Looks like it has a brown and blue eye each. Neat!

KarenL 10 years ago


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

What a beautiful, robust country coyote! Our city coyotes have a lean and hungry look.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 10 years ago

What a beautiful animal.

Elsa 10 years ago

Stunning shot

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Great Picture Gordon!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

you can really see why people think they may have interbred with wolves, lovely photo though

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Mendota Heights, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Feb 2, 2013
Submitted on Feb 11, 2013

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