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Wolf & Coyote Identification

It is sometimes hard to tell the difference between wolves and coyotes, especially from a distance. Wolves are larger, bulkier, and stout on their feet. Coyotes are shorter, sleeker, and light on their feet. Look for a combination of characteristics.

Wolf identification.
Coyote Wolf
  • Gray wolves are built for travel with narrow bodies, long legs and large feet;
  • They can easily cover 10-20 miles in a day;
  • Montana wolves can be either gray or black, and sometimes white;
  • Montana wolves weigh 70-120 pounds and have a blocky square head;
  • Coyotes weigh 25-40 pounds and have a narrow, triangular shaped head.
Track id by Idaho Fish & Game.

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