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The Coyote

A Coyote. (Wikipedia/Yathin S. Krishnappa)

The Coyote may not be the “top dog” in Wyoming, that tag more than likely belongs to the wolf. And that’s probably because the wolf is bigger, a more imposing wildlife figure. But the Coyote is just as plentiful here in the Cowboy state, and their populations can be found in every corner, and in between, in Wyoming.

An adult male coyote will weigh around 30 pounds, much smaller in stature than the wolf, that can weigh as much as 100 pounds. The Coyote is much more delicate, with smaller feet and thin legs. But the Coyote has an amazing ability to adapt to almost any environment. They’re most commonly seen in pairs, or in small packs, and can leap over fences or other obstacles 8 feet high. Coyotes have been known to climb over fences 14 feet high. The Coyote population, unlike many other species, has flourished here in Wyoming over the years, because of their uncanny ability to adapt and survive.

The Coyote in the wild will hunt and feed on small animals, roadrunners are a favorite. And for the Coyote that makes it’s home near the human population, a stray cat can fall prey to the “wily Coyote”. And that’s pronounced Ky-oat, by the way. Here in the Cowboy state, where the Coyote lives in great numbers, it’s “Ky-oat”, if you please.

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