Coyote

C-stand4

Coyotes

Do you have a dog at home? If so, you are housing the cousin of a coyote! The coyotes scientific name is Canis latrans. In latin canis means “dog”. 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 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.

The Coyote Blog

Read fun facts about coyotes in Nevada.
Wildlife Escaping Nevada Fires

Wildlife Escaping Nevada Fires

Wildfires have been burning throughout much of the country as of late.  We tend to forget that critical wildlife habitat...

Understanding your urban neighbor

Understanding your urban neighbor

It is all too common that people stumble upon wild animals and assess their behavior as aggressive. While some actions...

Friendly Fridays: Don’t Create a Paradise!

Friendly Fridays: Don’t Create a Paradise!

Beautiful as coyotes may be, these medium-sized omnivores are best viewed from afar. Sometimes, however, we don’t realize that people’s...

The scruffy look means Spring!

The scruffy look means Spring!

Las Vegas temperatures are an average of 38°F during January and 104°F in July. The ability to change coat thickness throughout...

Meet more of your Nevada neighbors!

Explore our predator profiles.

Start the conservation conversation!

Stay involved with Know Your Nevada Neighbors and join our mailing list today.