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Coyotes are members of the Canidae family and share a lot of the same traits of their relatives: wolves, dogs, foxes and jackals. They have narrow, elongated snouts, lean bodies, yellow eyes, bushy tails and thick fur. Known for howling at the moon, coyotes hunt at night and howl to communicate their location. They are also known for being “wily”; in fact, they are very smart creatures and have a heightened sense of hearing, smell and sight. Coyotes are about as big as medium-size dogs, though they are smaller than wolves. They are 32 to 37 inches 81 to 94 centimeters from head to rump, according to National Geographic. Their tail adds another 16 inches 41 cm to their length. Coyotes typically weigh about 20 to 50 lbs. Coyotes’ fur may be gray, white, tan or brown, depending on where they live. Coyotes that live in the mountains have darker coats and ones that live in the desert have lighter coats.