Canis latrans


Conservation Status

  • Coyotes are top predators in the Cumberland River Basin. They play an important role in ecosystems, regulating the populations of smaller predators – possums, raccoons, cats, etc – that prey on small birds and other animals. 
  • Coyotes can run over 40 mph, about as fast as a greyhound. 
  • Dogs run with their tails up. Coyotes’ tails point down between their legs as they run. 
  • Coyotes are related but much smaller than our county’s most common wolves – the gray wolf. Coyotes can weigh up to 40 lbs. Gray wolves can weigh 180lbs.

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