Animals | January 30, 2022 3:16 AM | Hang Bona
Isn’t it true that coyotes and wolves are nearly identical? Wrong. While coyotes and wolves are both canines, their evolutionary trajectories diverged thousands of years ago, and they have never been the same since. Coyotes are smaller, weaker, and older, and as a result, they are no match for wolves, who are larger, stronger, and more modern.
Take a look at this diagram to observe the many differences between coyotes and wolves.
The largest coyotes weigh less than half as much as the largest wolves, and their paws are half as large as the wolves’. Despite the fact that some coyotes have successfully crossed with wolves to produce hybrids known as “coywolves,” coyotes and wolves do not always get along.
Wolves are bad news for coyotes. When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar River Valley in the 1990s, the coyote population dropped by 39%. Similarly, coyote populations are 33 percent lower in wolf-infested sections of Grand Teton National Park than in wolf-free areas.
Watch the video below if that isn’t enough to persuade you that wolves are preferable to coyotes. When a man and female coyote are jumped by a pack of v.oracious wolves while feasting on a c.adaver, they have little chance against the fer.ocious horde.
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