Despite population control efforts, the population of the coyote remains stable. This furbearer occurs at all elevations. Den sites vary greatly. Breeding occurs from January-March. After a 63 day gestation period, an average of 6 young are born in April and May. Eyes open after 9 to 14 days. They are weaned after 6 weeks and disperse from the den after 6-9 months. Coyotes are opportunistic hunters and scavengers with a varied diet. While hunting, they show a preference for rabbits and hares.
Coyotes may be observed throughout the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Although coyotes pose little threat to people, altercations with loose domestic dogs are far more likely. To minimize conflict, please keep your dogs on leash while hiking in the Reserve.