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One of the most adaptable animals in the world, the coyote can change its breeding habits, diet and social dynamics to survive in a wide variety of habitats. They are found from the southwest desert to the mountains. Sometimes referred to as the "song dogs" due to the variety of vocalizations, a coyote communication is hard to miss. The coyote is one of the few wild animals whose vocalizations are commonly heard. At night coyotes both howl, a high quavering cry and emit a series of short, high-pitched yips. Howls are used to keep in touch with other coyotes in the area. Sometimes, when it is first heard, one may experience a tingling fear of primitive danger, but to the seasoned outdoorsman, the howl of the coyote is truly a song of the west.
Howling is a form of communication with others in the area. Also, an announcement of their territory. Other males are invited to stay away but females are welcome to follow the sound of the voice. Frequently, an answer will follow from nearby coyotes. Yelping generally represents a celebration or criticism within a small group of coyotes and these sounds are generally heard during play among pups or younger animals. Bark is the scientific name for coyotes means "barking dog." The bark is thought to be a threat display when a coyote is protecting a den or a kill. Huffing is usually used for calling pups without making a great deal of noise in the event of nearby predators.
February 23rd, 2014
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