Most people probably recall the desperate Wile E. Coyote in his wackiest and exaggerated failed attempts in capturing the Road Runner. Being that it was one of the popular cartoons growing up for our generation, who doesn’t? As a matter of fact, a typical coyote can easily outrun a roadrunner, since a coyote can run 40mph and a roadrunner only 17 mph.
Coyotes are also known as American Jackals and are extremely adaptable creatures ranging all the way from Central America to Canada according to Charger Bulletin. Their food choices include snakes, birds, rodents, deer, insects, fruits, grass, and even fish.
Females are monoestrous, meaning that these lucky creatures undergo their menstrual cycle once per year and usually lie between late January and late March. As soon as a female chooses a partner they temporarily remain with each other for a few years. Coyotes in general contain a quick growth cycle where after their birth they are able to open their eyes, and their ears become erect after ten days. By the 28th day, they emerge from their dens and after around 35 they no longer suckle on their mother’s teats. Both parents take turns regurgitating food for their pups after they are weaned off the mother. They then reach full maturity after 12 months and the males separate from the family while the females stay with the parents to form a pack.
Did you know? Ninety percent of coyote deaths are caused by either being shot, trapped, or poisoned by humans.