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Though coyotes have been observed to travel in large groups, they primarily hunt in pairs. Typical packs consist of six closely related adults, yearlings and young. Coyote packs are generally smaller than wolf packs, and associations between individuals are less stable, thus making their social behavior more in line with that of the dingo. In theory, this is due to an earlier expression of aggression, and the fact that coyotes reach their full growth in their first year, unlike wolves, which reach it in their second. Common names of coyote groups are a band, a pack, or a rout. Coyotes are primarily nocturnal, but can often be seen during daylight hours. They were once essentially diurnal, but have adapted to more nocturnal behavior with pressure from humans.
This Coyote was rehabilitated at the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue center for 3 months. Amazingly, being totally lucid, during exams she would let us handle her without trying to bite or nip. So, this is her release! When we asked the owner of the land, from which she came from, if we could return her back there. He replied, "You can, but I'll shoot her." ... So obviously not wanting to return her to there, a neighbor about a mile away agreed to release her on his land. With the whole family and some neighbors watching, this landowner had the honors of releasing it from the kennel. She looked out for about 2 seconds, crept out fast but sneakily and then ran for it! Seeing me and another photographer in her way she reeled back and turned back towards the people, then seeing them, turned back again and headed to the left of me, disappearing into the long grass and vineyards. My friend who lives there told me today he couldn't get to sleep because she has been howling near the house. Showing that she is in great shape and doing well.