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Coyote, or Canis latrans (which translates as ‘talking dogs‘) is a species of canine found primarily in North America. Coyote are often hunted by larger carnivore predators such as Cougars, Wolves, American Alligators, and even Brown Bears.
What animals hunt coyotes? – Cougars! (Mountain Lions)
Cougars (aka. Mountain lions) are classified as a ‘large cat’ from the ‘Felinae’ Family. They are what is known as an ‘ambush predator’ which means that they will go after a variety of prey.
Cougars are territorial and will hunt many different sized prey, from insects and rodents animals such as the deer.
Cougars are not an apex predator and will yeild its prey to other species higher up the food chain. This can include animals such as Bears, aligators and surprisingly groups of gray wolves or coyotes (despite hunting them on an individual level).
What animals hunt coyotes? – Wolves!
The wolf, or Canis Lupis is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. Interestingly, the Grey Wolf (or just Wolf) was once the worlds most widely distributed mammal.
Wolves generally hunt in packs, and tend to tackle large prey. Incidents of wolves preying on coyote is quite common, especially in the colder months when the coyotes attempt to feed on a wolf kill. This is shown in the video below:
Wolves have also been documented to attack coyote den sites. They dig out and kill the pups – while rarely eating them.
What animals hunt coyotes? – American Alligators!
American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) are another predator known to take Coyote on occasion. The male American Alligators can measure between 11.2 to 15.1 ft while the female can measure 8.5 to 9.8 ft.
American Alligators generally eat things like fish, snakes, turtles and small mammals. However, they have been known to be opportunistic hunters and take a coyote or other animal within their vicinity – including humans.
What animals hunt coyotes? – Brown Bears
Brown Bears (Ursus arctos) are well documented as one of the few animals on earth that will eat just about anything in their vicinity (Omnivorous) – they do however prefer food sources that are abundant and easily accessed.
In summary, the fact is that while coyote are somewhat of a pest to farmers and rural property owners, they do have their fair share of animals that prey on them! I’ve included a heap of links in this article so be sure to click through and check out each of the animals in the list for more information.