In many ways, a coyote resembles a small wolf. It was actually named a prairie wolf, upon its initial discovery. That is because of its habitat, as well as the resemblance. Well, coyotes inhabit the Southern regions of Canada, Central and North America. In these places, coyotes are considered top predators yet not the top dog and can still fall on the hands of larger and stronger carnivores. Given that, here is the list of animals that eat coyotes. Understanding this topic can lead to more awareness and excellence for future references so let us start now!
The first animal we have is a mountain lion, and it is considered one of America’s top predators. It has the aggressiveness and power to take down any potential prey to satisfy its hunger. It can reach the length of 8 feet from the nose to its tail and can weigh about 136 lbs. There are reported times wherein mountain lions have reached almost everywhere in Canada, South America, and the rest of the United States. Now, these predators are found mainly in remote and highly-forested areas living its life to the full.
Moreover, when it comes to hunting food, a mountain lion has power. It specializes in small mammals such as rodents, deer, and coyotes. It makes a plan on how to attack its prey by stealthily stalking it and applying speed to pounce the prey. Once caught, the mountain lion will then dispatch the coyote by biting its back of the neck. This makes the coyote now unable to escape and be the mountain lion’s next meal.
Although wolves are considered a close and larger coyote’s cousins, it can still consume a coyote as its prey. Wolves can weigh from 40 to 175 pounds with a measurement of almost 7 feet from the nose to tail. North America’s wolves are mostly found inside the forest areas and in Canada as well. Just like the coyotes, wolves work and live in packs that add more power for them to be called apex predators. With this, wolves can easily bring down any prey even if it is larger than their usual size. This includes a moose, elk, and other smaller mammals.
Although coyotes are not likely considered the usual prey of wolves, it can still be preyed on. Wolves can kill a coyote, especially in times of competition for food, and later on, consider them also as food. This happens when there is a lack of food source that scavenging wolves need to survive.
Moving on to the next is the American alligator. It is also considered a deadly and large predator. It can reach a length of 15 feet long with a weight reaching up to 1000 pounds. American alligators are mostly found in bayous, swamps, or waterways, especially in Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other neighboring states. This predator is widely known for its ambush-type killing. It can be fed with small mammals, snakes, turtles, and fish from the river. For the coyotes, American crocodiles can consume it but only when coyotes drink water in the river. Since American crocodiles are ambush predators, it can potentially eat a coyote drinking in its area. Once bitten, a coyote can no longer escape from the large and strong jaws. This can also happen to humans who can accidentally be bitten or killed by a crocodile. There are already reported cases not only of American crocodiles harming humans but also around the world.
Lastly, we have the brown bears that are considered apex land predators. Its subspecies called grizzly can weigh up to 700 lbs. and reach the height of 8 feet. It is mainly found in Southwestern Canada and the United States’ Northern regions. It is fed with a variety of foods, including fruits, berries, nuts, salmon, carcasses, and a lot more. For meat, brown bears can hunt small and even other large mammals such as elk, moose, and rodents. Coyotes are not the brown bear’s ideal meal, yet when hungry. It can still make it one. Once a coyote has encountered a hungry brown bear, it will be a hard fight and escaping. Brown bears are too powerful and large. That is why coyotes are less likely to escape one.