Comparing Wolves and Coyotes
||4.5 – 6.5 feet (nose to tail)
||3.6 – 4.4 feet (nose to tail)
||26 to 32 inches
||21 to 24 inches
||4 – 5 long x 3 3/4 – 5 wide
|| 2 1/4 – 2 3/4 long x 1 3/4 – 2 3/8 wide
||60 – 154 pounds
||20 – 50 pounds
||Grizzled gray is the most common, but they range in color from black to white
||Gray or reddish brown with rusty legs, feet & ears with a whitish belly & throat
||Large and squared
||Smaller and pointed
||Rounded, relatively short
||Pointed, relatively long
||Elk, deer, caribou, moose, bison, beaver
||Rabbits, rodents, deer, elk, carrion
||Wolves trot at 5 miles per hour, but they can run in short bursts at up to 35 miles per hour.
||Coyotes can run up to 25–30 mph
||Forest and tundra. Presently limited to areas of extensive wilderness. Wolves do not do well near human settlements.
||They can be found in any variety of habitats including forests, deserts, prairies, mountains, agricultural areas, and urban areas. Most common in mixed habitats. They have adapted well to living in urban environments.
||Gray wolves once ranged over almost all of North America north of Mexico City, except parts of California. Extirpation of wolf populations began after European settlement. In the United States the range, population and legal status of wolves varies by state and region.
||Alaska, much of mainland Canada, throughout the U.S., south through Mexico to western Panama. Not found in Hawaii.