How do you know it’s a coyote?
Pointed, upright ears, a long slender snout, and a bushy tail are identifying characteristics to look for.
Coyotes in Georgia generally weigh between 25 – 45 lbs. as adults, with an average weight of approximately 30 lbs. Most people overestimate their size.
They are smaller than wolves but larger than foxes. As one would expect, females are usually smaller than males, and juveniles smaller than adults.
The two most common signs of coyotes are tracks and scat (feces). Coyote paw prints are generally oval shaped and show claw marks from only the two central claws. The front paws are larger and have bigger footpads than the rear paws. Pups leave smaller prints than adults.
Coyote scat is usually found along pathways or trails. It tends to be tapered at the ends, contains fur, small bone fragments, and/or seeds, and generally has little odor.