Coyotes are known for their adaptability and resilience, and are found throughout North America in variety of environments.


Diet and Behavior: Coyotes are carnivorous but not especially picky: they feed on everything from small mammals, berries and grasses to the occasional left-over kill of another animal. Their desired prey are small rodents but will rarely turn down an easy meal. Coyotes are long distance runners, excellent jumpers and don't mind the water in pursuit of prey.

Habitat and Dens: Coyotes generally live in dens, which are usually located in hollow trees, burrows of another animal, caves or in dense brush. Because they are highly adaptable, they have been found living in old cars, abandoned houses and even on the streets of New York City.

Coyote tracksMating: In the southern United States, coyotes mate during February; in the northern United States, alphas mate during March. Gestation is usually 63 days past the date of ovulation. The female will be receptive to the male by the day after ovulation, but sperm may take a week to reach the eggs (source: pawnation). Coyote pups are generally born in late spring and will be able to survive on their own the following fall. Coyotes are diurnal mammals, active both day and night.