Photos: Coyote lounges around Superior

22 July 2023

SUPERIOR On a lazy Thursday morning, a lone coyote watched the world go by from the grassy area off Marina Drive between East Second Street and Barker’s Island.

After lounging in the grass for a while, the coyote stretched, yawned and slowly wandered over toward the road construction on South Marina Drive.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, coyotes primarily eat small rodents and rabbits. They may attack and kill small pets, but attacks on humans are very rare.

Coyotes may be hunted year-round in Wisconsin with a license, but the trapping season is restricted. Trapping and hunting of coyotes on private property, however, is legal year-round in Wisconsin without a license.

People often confuse coyotes and wolves. Coyotes have a pointed snout and large, pointed ears, are typically 25-45 pounds and 3.5-4.5 feet long from nose to tail. Their fur can be gray, red, blond, black or tawny. Wolves have rounded ears, a “blocky” snout and are normally 50-100 pounds and 5-6 feet long. Their coats are usually buff-colored, with areas of gray and black.


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