Year of 2017

Coyote in Marymoor Park, Redmond, Washington

Coyotes are an extremely adaptable species, closely related to gray wolves and domesticated dogs. Though the largest populations remain in the wilderness, the past decade or so has seen an increase in urban coyotes. This coyote was photographed in Marymoor Park, a large park in Redmond, Washington, less than 20 miles northeast of Seattle. Humans living in suburban and even densely populated urban areas are reporting more frequent sightings of coyotes. With few predators (besides humans) in populated areas, urban coyotes capitalize on the food sources available near human settlements.

The coyote is a canid native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf and slightly smaller than its other close relatives, the eastern wolf and the red wolf, being roughly the North American equivalent to the Old World golden jackal, though it is larger and more predatory. It is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to its wide distribution and abundance throughout North America, southwards through Mexico and into Central America. The species is versatile and able to adapt to environments modified by humans. As human activity has altered the landscape, the coyote’s range has expanded. In 2013, coyotes were sighted in eastern Panama for the first time. The coyote is more closely related to the common ancestor of wolves and other canids than the gray wolf. As of 2005, 19 coyote subspecies are recognized.
Weight: 0.44 pound (0.20 kg) (At birth) · 14.99 pound (6.80 kg) – 46.30 pound (21 kg)
Scientific name: Canis latrans
Height: 22.83 inch (58 cm) – 25.98 inch (66 cm)
Gestation period: 60 days – 63 days
Max speed: 40.39 mph (65 km/h)
Body length: 29.92 inch (76 cm) – 33.86 inch (86 cm) (Without tail)