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North America’s Top 10 Most Fearsome Predators

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Coyote
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Coyote

The not-too-distant cousin of Man's Best Friend is certainly from the other side of the tracks in terms of the canine family. The wild and ruthless side.

If you've ever seen a Western movie or TV show, you have probably heard of the call of the coyote.

It is high-pitched and has been described as a howl, a yip, a yelp, or a bark.

Coyotes travel in packs, but they usually hunt in pairs. Ingeniously, they may take turns teasing and pursuing a deer to exhaustion, for instance, then attacking.

Their targets are moles, prairie dogs, eastern cottontails, ground squirrels, mice, birds, snakes, lizards, deer and, quite famously in those aforementioned Westerns ... livestock.

As they are further and further encroached by human development, coyotes are becoming infamous for raiding garbage left outdoors and ... particularly ... for killing unattended pets.

In closing, despite what you may have heard about a certain Wile E. Coyote, there has never been a recorded instance of a coyote attacking a roadrunner.

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