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Coyote are the symbol of the Southwestern desert because the howl of the coyote is truly a song of the West The coyote scientifically known as Canis Latrans is in the kingdom Animalia The coyote is in the mammalian class their order is Carnivora and they are part of the Canidae family The scientific name comes from the genus and species so in this case the coyote genus is Canis and the species is Latrans The coyote is found throughout North America from Eastern Alaska to New England and south through Mexico and Panama Recently there have been coyote sightings in Florida and Eastern Canada The coyote is a member of the dog family Its size and shape is similar to a medium-size Collie dog A coyote found in the desert weighs about 20 pounds whereas their mountain kin can weigh up to 50 pounds Desert Coyote are light gray or tan with a black tip on the tail Coyotes of the higher elevation have fur that is longer thicker and darker Trappers hunt Mountain Coyotes in the winter for their fur because it develops long and silky There are not many ways to tell the difference between a Gray Wolf and a coyote They are of the same genus and share the same range The wolf is usually larger and darker Also the coyote tail is normally held down whereas in a wolf is held horizontally The coyote has a series of high-pitched barks and yelps The young coyote learns the specific calls from their parents They have a very acute sense of hearing for detecting prey and avoiding danger Movement and positioning of the ears is used to communicate mood and rank Coyote have a highly developed sense of smell for detecting prey and carrion Other coyotes also use their sense of smell to detect territory markers made Coyotes has five digits on their forefeet and four digits on their hind feet The
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