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A Chorus Of Coyote Howls In Bly, Oregon

OPB | July 12, 2013 midnight | Updated: Feb. 24, 2014 5:35 p.m.

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At least 50,000 coyotes are thought to be living in Washington State. 

At least 50,000 coyotes are thought to be living in Washington State. 

Ty Smedes / Washington Department Of Fish And Lifelife

Can you tell the howl of a coyote from the howl of a wolf? Years ago, a wildlife biologist told me that coyote howls tend to start or end in “yips.” You can hear this pack in Southwestern Oregon howl and yip here, heard from the inside of a tent during last year’s Cycle Oregon venture.

Coyotes range across almost all of Oregon, and in most states in the Northwest. They’re predators and scavengers. Perspectives on coytes in Oregon are mixed, Some people view them as pests, and others as vital parts of the ecosystem. They’re resilient and well-adapted creatures — you can even find them in Oregon’s metro areas.


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