Common Name: Coyote
Scientific Name: Canis latrans
Habitat: Widely varying habitats from woodlands to grasslands and even marshes.
Diet: Carnivorous—with most of its diet being the flesh of other mammals, especially favored are rabbits and rodents; additionally, wild birds, poultry, livestock, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.
Fruit and other vegetation is eaten less frequently.
The coyote is an extremely secretive animal and is rarely seen in Pennsylvania. Several canids brought to the Section of Mammals for identification in recent years have proven to be coyotes from various parts of the Commonwealth. There have also been several apparent coyote–dog hybrids, also called coydogs, presented for identification. Determinations are based mostly on examination of the skulls.
Witmer, G. W., M. J. Pipas, and A. Hayden. 1995. “Some observations on coyote food habits in Pennsylvania.” Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 69 (2): 77–80