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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