The Coyote Blog

Read fun facts about coyotes in Nevada.
How We Win with Coyotes

How We Win with Coyotes

We all know that each animal or species has a role to play in the environment. Some play a major...

Coyotes and Dogs

Coyotes and Dogs

As human civilization reaches further and further into areas that were once wild, animals have been forced to adapt to...

Mountain lions and coyotes

Mountain lions and coyotes

In an earlier blog, we discussed spatial and temporal niches. Spatial and temporal niches are examples of niche differentiation. Niche differentiation is a survival strategy...

Comparing Coyotes and Wolves

Comparing Coyotes and Wolves

Nevada isn’t typically known for having wolves but, on occasion, one will take a stroll through the state. In 2017,...



Do you have a dog at home? If so, you're housing the cousin of the coyote! The coyote's scientific name is Canis latrans (canis means “dog” in Latin). Like dogs, coyotes are omnivorous and eat both meat and fruits. These wild dogs thrive in a wide range of climates, from deserts to the snow capped mountains of Nevada. Their versatility enables them to adapt to changing landscapes, especially those altered by urbanization.

Coyotes have long ears with pointed tips. The size and shape allows this wild canine to hear people up to three miles away, helping them to stay safe from people and other predators.

Urban Wildlife

It can be tough for a coyote living in the outskirts of big cities like Reno or Carson. In these populated areas coyotes often get hit by cars when trying to pass roadways.

Coyotes tend to get a bad rap as neighbors, but they actually do a lot to keep populations of smaller animals in check. That’s the job of this noble animal, and when we allow them to live in natural packs in wild areas, they hunt admirably, breed slowly, and have little conflict with people. In Nevada, like elsewhere, they’ve adapted to sharing space with people along the urban edge, and the best thing we can do for them - and us - is to make town less inviting.

Many of these important canines have been pushed out of their vast home ranges and are now segmented into smaller areas surrounded by freeways and urban sprawl. Surely we can all find a way for us both to peacefully coexist in our cities and natural areas.

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