Plains coyote

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Plains coyote
Canis latrans latrans Pennington County SD.jpg
C. l. latrans in Pennington County, South Dakota
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. latrans
Subspecies: C. l. latrans
Trinomial name
Canis latrans latrans
Say, 1823

The Plains coyote (Canis latrans latrans), also known as the brush wolf, is a subspecies of coyote native to the Canadian Prairies of southeastern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, and the extreme southwestern corner of Manitoba. Its population in the United States occurs in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado (east of the Rocky Mountains), the northeastern corner of New Mexico; North Dakota (except the northeastern quarter); northwestern Oklahoma, and the northern Texas Panhandle. It is the largest subspecies, with rather pale fur and bearing large molars and carnassials.[1]


  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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