In this article on coyote facts I am going to cover as many details as possible for you.
Full grown coyotes weigh from 20 to 50 lbs. They measure from 58 to 64 inches long from the tip of the nose to the tip of their tail.
Coyotes can live to the ripe old age of 14 years. It is also thought that the population of coyotes in North America is at an all time high.
I don’t believe that’s the case here in NW Missouri where I live. I can remember as a teenager hearing and seeing coyotes almost on a daily basis on the farm. I do however believe the population here is growing once more.
A couple of years back I can remember nearly every coyote I called or trapped had mange. I think mange was responsible mainly here for the previous 10 year decrease in population.
Their diet consists of rabbits, fish, frogs, berries and other fruit, deer, snakes, insects, and grass. They’ve even been known to kill lambs, calves, and little pets.
Coyotes have an exception sense of smell. 100 times better than a human. They also have keen eyesight.
Female coyotes give birth to as few as two, and up to a dozen pups in the spring. Both male and female will protect the pups and their land. The pups can hunt by themselves by fall.
Coyotes can run up to 40 mph.
I know this article will be read by many from both sides of the animal rights world. I will tell you right up front that I love coyotes. . .and I hunt coyotes. I don’t expect anyone to agree with hunting coyotes. In my opinion, those that disagree with it only don’t have all the details they need to make an in formed decision. So I will list a fact here that is reason enough for me to hunt them and do my part to keep their population in check.
When coyotes become over populated in an area they start venturing to urban communities. I just finished reading an article yesterday of a coyote attacking 2 little kids in Oregon State. Coyotes fault? No, it’s just instinct to them. However, the fact that coyotes have become so overpopulated in that area that they are being forced to search for new land (which in this instance includes towns) is reason enough to thin the population there in my opinion.