Utah is home to coyotes that roam the extensive wild parts of the state. This predator has also proved to be adaptable to urban areas. If you have ever heard the high yipping howls of coyotes in the dusk of the desert, it can be unsettling.
There’s enough of them that the Department of Wildlife Resources will pay $50 for every coyote removed. That is at any time of the year. The population of coyotes is maintained to protect the mule deer population.
With so many of these animals all around us, here’s three things you probably didn’t know about Coyotes:
Can coyotes breed with dogs?
Yes, coyotes and dogs are related. Offspring of the two are called coydogs. Personally, I would call them dogotes if it were me. Because their mating cycles are at different times of the year, this doesn’t happen very often.
Can a coyote be domesticated as a pet?
It has been done but it is not recommended. It is not easy as this is a wild animal and has been for generations, whereas dogs have been living with humans for a long time. Coyotes also carry diseases that can spread to other animals and humans.
What animal are coyotes afraid of?
Natural predators are wolves and bears and that isn’t too surprising, but so are barn owls and golden and bald eagles. It would be something special to see one of those big birds take on a coyote. There was no mention of roadrunners as a predator despite the old cartoons.
Now you know a bit more about these native predators. Share with your friends and family and watch them be impressed.
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