Coyote photo from National Geographic

Howling at the Moon: Facts About Coyotes

Coyote photo from National Geographic


Although they are not native to Connecticut the coyote can now be found throughout the state. Unfortunately they have gotten a bad rap in the state from eating pet cats and small dogs. While it is good to keep a close eye on your small pets at night here are some other facts about the coyote.

Coyote Facts

Coyotes can reproduce with domestic dogs but rarely do

They are monogamous

Litters can be anywhere from 1-12 pups with 7 being the average in the state

Eastern coyotes are larger than western coyotes

Dawn and dusk is most frequently when they are heard

They can run 25-40mph

Most are gray colored with a white or cream underside

Squealing, wailing, growling, and barking are all forms of communication

The first reporting in Connecticut was in the 1950s

Mice, woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits, deer, and some fruit are all part of their diet

Average life span in the wild is up to 14 years

They are very good swimmers

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