Why do coyotes yelp?

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Why do coyotes yelp?

Otherwise known as American jackal or prairie wolf, coyotes are species of canine that is more commonly inhabited in the regions of North and Central America, ranging from Panama in the south, north through Mexico, the United States and Canada. Considered to be a cousin of the Gray wolf, which is originally found in Eurasia, coyotes are believed to be an evolution over 1.81 million years ago in the land of Northern America. Such name was derived the Nahuati word, coyote, which means barking dog in Latin, although such word was borrowed from the Mexican Spanish language.

Over the years of its existence, coyotes have been keenly observed to be in company of others as they journey from one place to another. In hunting however, they go in pairs. Coyotes are capable of digging their own burrows, though they often prefer the burrows of groundhogs or American badgers. Such kind of animal are usually situated in areas where wolves are exterminated or have evacuated the place. They are believed to last for as long as ten years and were considered to be far better than dogs, in the context of observational learning. As coyotes were further put into study, it was discovered that they produce the yelping sound. Yelping is one way for coyotes to communicate. Their yelp is typically high pitched in character and can either be described as long rising and falling note or as a series of short notes. When such sound is produced, it usually connotes the feeling of excitement or it can be one form of giving a warning. It may also indicate that coyotes are in pain or are in trouble.

Communication is one important form of expression that remains to be of great use, both in humans and animals.

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  1. bob barker

    September 28, 2012 9:21 pm

    So yelping can mean excitement, danger, warning, pain, trouble, love, hate, too hot, too cold, fear, not fear, hungry, not hungry, want to watch TV, want to fall in love or want to get out of love?

    Very informative. Thank you.


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