Mearns coyote

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Mearns' coyote
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C. l. mearnsi in Mesa, Arizona
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
C. l. mearnsi
Trinomial name
Canis latrans mearnsi
Merriam, 1897

The Mearns' coyote (Canis latrans mearnsi) is a subspecies of coyote native to the Southwestern United States.

It is found in Nevada, Arizona, southern Utah, deserts of southeastern California, west of Rio Grande in New Mexico, and extreme southwestern Colorado.


The Mearns' coyote is a small subspecies, with medium-sized ears, a small skull, and small teeth.

The fur is richly and brightly colored. The fulvous tints are exceedingly bright, covering the hind and forelegs.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

The Looney Tunes franchise depicts Wile E. Coyote as a Mearns' due to the animated shorts (featuring the Road Runner) being set in southwestern American states.


  1. ^ Merriam, C. H. (1897). Revision of the coyotes or prairie wolves, with descriptions of new forms. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, vol. 11, pp. 19-33.

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