The most famous desert animal is the coyote. One could even consider the coyote as a symbol of the West. Native American legends call the coyote the WISE ONE. Our relatives live in a natural area of the Sonoran Desert with a first hand view of coyote behaviors.
Sometimes called the Prairie Wolf, coyotes are a species of canine found throughout North America from eastern Alaska to New England and south into Mexico and Panama.
- Family: Canidae – Order: Carnivora – Species: Canis latrans
With their narrow face and big ears a coyote can be mistaken for a medium sized dog. The coyote’s fur color is light brown to grayish. They have a long, bushy tail with a black tip. Desert coyotes only weigh 15 to 25 pounds with long slender legs and small feet. You will NEVER see a fat coyote in the wild.
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