On our chilly trail walk this morning my dog Crow stopped to read the 🐾"Wild Canid News"🐾. I wish she could tell me what the headlines were. Where was coyote going? Where had coyote been? How is coyote faring the winter? What was his or her's last meal? Male or female? Looking for a mate? Found a mate?
It's breeding season for these highly social canines. Their gestation period is 60 to 63 days and five to nine pups will be born in late March to May. There are many wildly inaccurate beliefs about these amazing, intelligent animals. They have been persecuted and misunderstood for hundreds of years. Our coyotes are a keystone species - they bring balance and biodiversity to our landscapes. They play a critical role in upholding the integrity, productivity, and sustainability of our ecosystems.
Their droppings, or scat, is often found where trails cross (as in this case) or at a high point, even on a stone. Winter scat of wild canines usually contains mostly hair and fragments of bone. Their winter diet in this part of the world is primarily snowshoe hare and deer carrion (remains/carcasses). ✔Did you know⁉️Our relatively large coyotes in the East are technically a kind of coyote-wolf hybrid, with 8% wolf genes.
Check out my article on Carnivore Coexistence in my profile.