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Coyote

Canis latrans

Description:

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. 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.

Habitat:

Meadow in mountain forrestland.

Notes:

Elk cows in the Greater Yellowstone eco-system all calve during the same week in early June. They are vulnerable to predation from grizzly bear, gray wolves and the coyote shown here.

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4 Comments

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Great shot! What a daring coyote to pick off an elk calf! Please consider adding to the "Rocky Mountain Wildlife Watch" Mission! http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8465...

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Did you see this happen? Any story?

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Great spot! This would be a good one to add to the new Hunters mission.

ceherzog
ceherzog 7 years ago

Good capture and interesting info...thanks

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Lat: 44.92, Long: -110.37

Spotted on Jun 8, 2008
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

Spotted for mission

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