Identifying Wolves and Coyotes

Hunters should know the difference between the gray wolf and the coyote.

GRAY WOLF (Canis lupus)

Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Gray Wolf Paw Print
Height: 30" average
Length: 4.5 feet to 6.5 feet
Weight: 50 to 100 pounds


COYOTE (Canis latrans)

Coyote (Canis latrans) Coyote Paw Print
Height: 18" maximum
Length: 3 feet
Weight: 25 to 45 pounds

 

 



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