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Coyote

Canis latrans



First Noted by Expedition
September 18, 1804, in present-day Chamberlain, South Dakota.
 

Description
Grizzled gray or orangish gray above, with buff underparts. Long, rusty or yellowish legs. Bushy tail with black tip. Height: 2326 in (5866 cm); length: 3.44.3 ft (105132 cm); tail: 11.815.3 in (3039 cm). Weight: 2040 lb (9.118.2 kg); a very large individual may reach 55 lb (25 kg).
 

Habitat
In West, open plains; in East, brushy areas.
 

Range
Generally common throughout eastern and southern Alaska, southern and western Canada, and all of western U.S., but has extended its range into entire U.S.
 

Note
Referred to as "prairie wolves" by Lewis and Clark. Common name comes from coyotl, the name used by Mexico's Nahuatl Indians.

Species information from enature.com
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