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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Coyote

The name 'coyote' is derived from the Aztec word for a prairie wolf, coyotl.

A group of coyotes is called a band.

The average lifespan of a coyotes is eight to ten years in the wild.

Coyotes can be up to 3ft 6in long and have 42 razor-sharp teeth designed to rip flesh.


They normally feed on small mammals including ground squirrels and mice, although they also eat deer and livestock.

A coyote can hear a mouse moving underneath a foot of snow.

They can run at up to 45 mph and are excellent swimmers.

Coyotes make several distinctive sounds to communicate to their pack members as well as other packs. Their various barks, howls, growls and yelps each have specific meanings.


As an aggressive gesture to rivals, the coyote makes its tail bushier and turns it sideways.

Coyotes will sometimes kill livestock, which causes farmers to resent them. As a result, 400,000 coyotes are killed every year in the USA.

19-year-old Canadian country folk singer Taylor Mitchell is the only recorded adult person to have been killed by coyotes. She died on October 27, 2009 of blood loss after coyotes bit her while she was walking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park's Skyline Trail.

Taylor Mitchell

Coyotes in the US have learnt how traffic lights work so they can cross the road safely.


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