How can I identify an eastern coyote?

The eastern coyote is a member of the canid, or dog family. It is larger than its western cousin - typically attributed to wolf-coyote hybridization - and usually has one of four pelt colorations: tri-color (German shepherd-like), red, blond and dark brown (appears black at a distance).

Adult males weigh 45 to 55 pounds; females, 35 to 40 pounds.

When seeing one for the first time, many people mistake eastern coyotes for dogs. Look for black lines running up and down the front of the front legs, yellow eyes and a cylindrical-shaped, low-hanging tail.

Adult coyotes are much larger than foxes, and they tend to travel trails, dirt roads and habitat edges.

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1. How can I identify an eastern coyote?
2. Are eastern coyotes a threat to people?
3. Will coyotes prey upon domesticated animals?
4. Do coyotes howl and run in packs?
5. Do coyotes kill deer regularly?
6. How can I tell if a coyote killed a deer?
7. Did the Game Commission release coyotes in Pennsylvania?
8. Where's the proof of coyote stalkings?
9. Would placing a bounty on coyotes help reduce their numbers?
10. Is it easy to hunt or trap coyotes?