With the dire wolf and smilodons gone from the landscape, have you ever wondered how the coyote is still among us? Was it due to luck? Cooperation? Curiously advantageous biological lady cycle? Evolutionary mafia? Let's look at some facts and figures, none of which involve much in the way of reading. "Inform you, but make it quick." <-- We heard you.
In the fantastical world of measurement and observation, there are some notable factoid notes:
Anyone who's ever done a search for "coyote howling at the moon" will be confronted with the "coyote howling at the moon" epidemic in iconic art. They are very vocal critters who bark, yip, call, and yes, howl. They are also adept at hunting mice and hares, and will leap and pounce on tiny lives.
The coyote isn't really what you'd call a picky eater. There's probably a lesson in survival for you kids out there, so eat your sprouts or something to that effect.
Canis Latrans, if you want to get uppity about it, is one of the North American widespread wonders. Adaptable. Problem solving. Top-down management style of the rodent population. If you're looking for images of coyote skulls and anatomy, you can click here. If you're curious about skull identification in general, there is a short reference tutorial here.
Here is the full coyote infographic which is available for free download. You're welcome. If you're interested in drawing coyotes, there are sketches here. Shout out to unsplash for the coyote photo.
And check out "The End of the Ice Age: Ecology, Functional Morphology, and Megafaunal Response to a Changing World" if you have 50 minutes. If you're pressed for time, you can jump to minute 13 to get some good stuff about coyotes. It's Julie Meachen, from Des Moines University. Pretty sweet!