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About Coyotes Enrichment Activities

Coyotes and Other Animals

The first sentence tells us that people often associate coyotes with dogs or wolves. Although they are all part of the same family, each has a unique set of traits. Choose an animal you think is similar to a coyote, and search the Internet for information about the animal you chose. Compare what you learn to what you know about coyotes. How are the two animals alike? How are they different? Write a description, present to the class, or share with a friend.

Friends or Foes?

Coyotes adapt to the environment around them. Today, coyotes live closer to people than ever before. People have chosen the coyote as the mascot of some schools and as a state animal of South Dakota. Do you think coyotes are friends or foes of humans? You might want to do some research to help you answer this question. On your own or with a group, write down some facts that support your opinion. Then present your argument to the class. Make sure to share the reasons why you think coyotes are humans' friends or foes. Try to convince your classmates of your view.

Animals Communicate

Different animals communicate in a different ways. In this text, you've learned about some of the ways that coyotes communicate with each other. Go back and listen again to the coyotes' howl, yelp, bark, and huff. Then listen to a dog's bark and a wolf's howl. Can you tell the difference between these sounds and the coyote sounds?

Search the Internet for information about how other kinds of animals or insects communicate with members of their species. How are these methods of communication similar to and different from human communication? You might start by visiting the following web pages to learn some facts about animal communication and download clips of animal sounds. Remember that sound is not the only signal animals use to communicate!

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768578.html

http://www.animal-sounds.org/index.html

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