Wildlife Wednesday 02/14

Happy #WildlifeWednesday! It is Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, especially for coyotes! Today marks the peak of coyote mating season, which spans from late January until early March.

Pairs are monogamous and stay together throughout their lives, the strong bond breaking only upon the death of a mate.

Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that make their homes in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, open spaces, suburban parks and golf courses, agricultural land, and large cities. This clever canine is present in all 88 counties of Ohio.

The coyote is described as the most vocal of wild North American mammals and its scientific name Canis latrans means “barking dog.” They are particularly talkative this time of year, showcasing their repertoire of barks, huffs, yelps, yaps, woofs, whines, growls, and howls. The iconic yip-howl song is thought to be part of an elaborate greeting ceremony.

Join us for a night hike Howl Prowl this Friday as we explore the TWC trails listening for the sounds of the song dog. Awooooo!

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