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Coyote

Canis latrans (Say, 1823)

Coyote diorama in the North American Mammal Hall

Scene:

 Owens Valley, south of Big Pine, California

Background artist:

 Robert C. Clark

Also present:

 Black-tailed jack rabbit (Lepus californicus);
Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus).

Coyotes are extremely adaptable in what they eat and where they live and are able to survive in the Arctic tundra or in urban Los Angeles.

Coyotes have taken over most of the areas formerly inhabited by wolves.


Biological Information

Range map for the coyote

Range:

Western and central North America between Alaska and Costa Rica; less common (but expanding) in eastern areas

Habitat:

Plains and deserts, mountains to timberline

Status:

Common

Diet:

Omnivorous: rodents, fruit, grass, berries, carrion

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for coyote.