A coyote can run as fast as 40 mph. The coyote uses its speed, sharp vision and strong nose to hunt for prey.
The coyote is also a pack animal and hunts in groups. Coyotes are highly adaptable and will work with one another as a pack to find food wherever they may be. They will eat fish, rodents, frogs, rabbits, deer, grass, carrion, snakes, fruit and insects. Many people are frustrated by living near coyotes because they have been known to kill calves, lambs and even pets. In the United States, farmers and ranchers are allowed to kill coyote who trespass on their land. Coyote populations are now quite high as the coyote has adapted to urban environments and has few predators.
Coyotes weigh between 20 and 50 pounds. They live up to 14 years in the wild, and they form strong bonds within their pack. Adult coyotes will remain close by as their pups grow up and take care of them. They will hunt for them and bring back food for them. Typically, the parents wait until the pups are approximately 6- to 9-months-old before teaching them how to hunt. They communicate among one another by calls.