Big Animals

What's the difference between a wolf and a coyote?


Both the wolf and the coyote are members of the canine family, but there are definite differences between these two creatures!

Wolves are larger and heavier; some can even weigh 100 pounds or more! Coyotes are skinnier and often don't weigh more than 45 pounds. Coyotes leave smaller footprints. Coyotes typically have thinner, more angular features than wolves. With triangular heads and pointed ears, coyotes have a slim appearance, while wolves have a heftier presence, as well as heads and ears that are rounder in shape.

While coyotes eat animals like mice, fish and hares, wolves often hunt in packs and eat larger animals, such as goats, sheep, and even moose! However, a coyote will sometimes attack a larger animal, such as a deer, especially if the prey is sick or the coyote is hunting with one or more friends!