Coyotes are not pack hunters per se, like wolves. They Yelp and howl to bring their family together when they are coming in from individual hunts. Each family has their own unique vocalizations to identify, kinda like penguins do.
They do not gather to hunt prey. They will start howling as a pack also to alert other packs to stay way. Territorial... It's a warning. When people hear coyote howls, they assume that they're hearing a large pack of animals, all raising their voices at once, but this is an auditory illusion called the “beau geste” effect.
I love to sit out at night a listen to them. We have A LOT of coyotes in my area and every night, we can hear them coming together before they return to their den. On occasion we get to watch one on the hunt and actual witness a successful catch as we drive past a field or pasture.
Coyotes usually hunt in the early morning, sometimes mid day and in the evening light but rarely at night and always individually..
Wolves hunt in packs, morning, mid day, evening and night and rarely hunt alone.
Last edited by Camouflaged; 01-18-2017 at 05:25 PM.
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