Coyote Facts

CoyotePhoto by Eric Peterson

Coyote Facts

What does a coyote look like?Coyote
  • Coyotes are grayish-brown with reddish sides.
  • They have a pale underside and a bushy, black-tipped tail.
  • While there is no longer a population of wolves in Utah, coyotes are often confused for them. Some differences are coyotes have larger and more pointed ears, small feet, slender snout and are over all smaller than a wolf.
How big are they?
  • Coyotes are 32-40 inches long and their tail is 12-15 inches long. They are 15-20 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh about 18-40 pounds.
Where do they live?
  • Coyotes live in woodlands, grasslands, and suburban areas.
What do they eat?
  • Coyotes eat a variety of food including: mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds, frogs, snakes, fish, deer, and the remains of dead animals.
What eats them?

·        Wolves, great horned owls and golden eagles will kill pups.

Did you know?


  • Coyotes have a unique call (a howl followed by short high-pitched yelps) that can be heard three miles away.
  • The word coyote comes from the Aztec word ‘coyolt’.
  • Coyotes are capable of running at speeds more than 30 miles per hour.
Threats to coyotes:
  • The coyote’s natural predator is the wolf. However, since wolves have been eliminated from most of the coyote’s range, humans are the coyote’s biggest threat.