Coyote-Description of-Will you please describe a coyote?
A description of the coyote, as it appears in print, would you almost fit the gray wolf, for there is little difference in the general appearance of the wolf and coyotes except in size. But on who is familiar with both animals can distinguish them at a glance, notwithstanding the fact that a large coyote is fully as large as a small wolf. But since the coyote is by far the most common, for you, a full description will be necessary. The coyote belongs to the dog family and in general lines resembles a dog or a fox. The average size of full grown specimens is about thirty-four inches from the nose to the base of the tail and the tail is about fourteen inches long; the height at shoulders is about nineteen inches. The general color is a sort of tan or fawn with a mixture of black and white hairs, giving a grizzles appearance. The tail is bushy, but not as heavy as hat of the fox, and is tipped with black instead of white, as in nearly all of the foxes. The fur on the under parts of the body is ashy white. The muzzle is long and not so heavy as that of the gray wolf; the ears are large, erect, and pointed; eyes brown with a mild, very intelligent expression. The coyote carries his tail in a drooping position, as though ashamed of the fact that he is a coyote. There appears to be several varieties, but they differ so little that this description will answer well enough for all.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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