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A medium-sized member of the canine family (Canis latrans) that is native to North America. Coyotes have a pale-gray to tan coat with a reddish legs and a bushy black-tipped tail. Their dense, soft, fine underfur is covered with bristly guard hairs down the center of the back and long silky hairs on the side. The coyotes have been extensively hunted for their furs and as pests. Coyote furs have been used for trim on capes and coats.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Canis latrans; prairie wolf; brush wolf; little wolf; coyotl; prærieulven (Dan.); kojote (Deut.); kojot (Pol.); coiote (Port.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Durable furs

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Resources and Citations

  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937