By Sinead Kennedy and Coyote(s)

Started on: 05/05/09 06:11:52
Medium: Visual

A coyote's sense of hearing, sight, and smell are well developed.

The upper frequency limit of hearing for coyotes is 80 kHz, compared to the 60 kHz of domestic dogs

During pursuit, a coyote may reach speeds up to 43 mph and can jump a distance of over 4 meters

Though coyotes have been observed to travel in large groups, they primarily hunt in pairs

Coyotes are primarily nocturnal, but are believed to have once been essentially diurnal, and have adapted to more nocturnal behavior with pressure from humans
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If coyotes are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior changes. They lose caution and fear. They may cause property damage. They might threaten human safety. They might be killed.

In spring, females den and give birth to litters of three to twelve pups. Both parents feed and protect their young and their territory. Coyotes are monogamous and both adults care for the young and will readily move them if disturbed.
-coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young.

They communicate with a distinctive call {long rising and falling notes (howls) or a series of short notes (yips)} which at night often develops into a raucous canine chorus. Coyotes are most often heard around dawn and dusk. However, they may respond to sirens and fire whistles at any time of day or night.

Hear a coyote

Coyote cubs singing

Coyotes and mythology

Another place, called 'Utapí'qtse is at the site of the mission dam, refers to a Chumash legend. Once Coyote came upon a group of children who were digging cacomites (brodiaea bulbs) for food. Seeing that Coyote was very skinny, some of the children readily gave him bulbs to eat. The others refused to share. Then they all went up to the dam to roast the bulbs they had harvested. Coyote bewitched the bulbs while they were cooking so that those belonging to the generous children came out perfectly, but those of the stingy children got burned to a crisp. 'Utapí'qtse means they roasted and burned the brodiaea bulbs.

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