Coyotes hunting - Canis latrans - American jackal - prairie wolf
Coyote (canis latrans)
Coyote catching rodent in snow - Canis latrans
Coyote (Canis Latrans)
The coyote is a canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf, and slightly smaller than the closely related eastern wolf and red wolf. It fills much of the same ecological niche as the golden jackal does in Eurasia, though it is larger and more predatory, and is sometimes called the American jackal by zoologists. Other names for the species, largely historical, include prairie wolf and brush wolf.