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Having survived the same extermination campaigns that eliminated wolves from Yellowstone park between 1910 and 1930, coyotes have by default become the predominant canine predator. Although the coyotes fur varies in color, the majority of adults have grizzled grey coats with a white underbelly, bushy tail, and reddish hair on their legs. On average, coyotes weigh between 30 and 40 pounds, about half that of a wolf.


Coyotes roam throughout the Yellowstone region and can be seen most anyplace in the park. Areas where they are most visable are along the Madison, Firehole and Gibbon rivers. Lamar Valley is a good place but the introduction of the wolf has displaced many in that area. Hayden Valley is another good spot.

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lehite 13 years ago
Canis latrans

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 13 years ago

there is something very special about seeing animals in their habitat!!

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Wyoming, USA

Spotted on May 3, 2010
Submitted on Jun 3, 2011

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