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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wolf, Eastern Coyote, Coyote Information

Aquila Inquirers,
Thank you very much for all of your hard work and research about the wolf, coyote, and eastern coyote! You all found very interesting information. I am including much of what you told me, along with a few other things I have learned in a chart below so you can see all of it.

For those of you who did not figure it out, the eastern coyote is half wolf and half coyote, so it has characteristics of both animals.

Wolf
  • has a highly organized social structure centering on a dominant male and a dominant female
  • has been exterminated in many parts of North America
  • works hard for its food—a pack kills only about one large mammal for every 10 chased
  • howls as a form of communication among packs
  • lives and hunts in a pack
  • used to be the most widely spread mammal
Eastern Coyote
  • lived on the western prairies, they were plains animals
  • adapted to a forest environment, including the pursuit of larger deer sized animals
  • larger than the western coyote
  • run in larger, more organized packs
  • hunts in packs in the winter and lone in the summer
Coyote
  • has such well-developed senses of hearing and smell that a sudden odor or noise can make it change its course in mid-step
  • has very strong-smelling urine, which it uses to mark its territory
  • is a remarkably hard runner
  • adjusts its hunting methods to the prey size and food sources available
  • hunts alone

Thank you again for taking the time to research these mammals!
Love,
Miss Beeman

1 Comments:

At April 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Beeman, Why has it been so difficult to figure out the type of snake you found? What type of research do the scientists do to figure it out? NOAH

Why is it called a muskrat? AVA

We noticed that you only caught a few voles on that very rainy day. What do the animals do if it rains for a long time?

 

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