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coyote studies

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Postby Coyotehunter » Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:39 am

Coyotes appear slender with ?a long, narrow, pointed
nose; small rounded nose pads; large pointed ears; slender
legs; small feet; and a bushy tail...? (Young and Jackson
1951). Size varies geographically (Young and Jackson
1951) (Table 4.1.1), although adult males are heavier and
larger than adult females. They range in colour from pure
grey to rufous; melanistic coyotes are rare (Young and
Jackson 1951). Fur texture and colour varies geographically:
northern subspecies have long coarse hair, coyotes in the
desert tend to be fulvous in colour, while coyotes at higher
latitudes are darker and more grey (Young and Jackson
1951). The belly and throat are paler than the rest of the
body with a saddle of darker hair over the shoulders. The
tip of the tail is usually black. Hairs are about 50?90mm
long; mane hairs tend to be 80?110mm long.

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