Difference between coyotes and wolves?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by canfossi, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. canfossi

    canfossi Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    Almost every night I hear what I think are coyotes howling for about 10 seconds. One will start then a whole bunch will howl and then they will stop. Have they killed something? Also, what's the difference between a coyotes howl and a wolf's howl? Is a wolfs howl lower pitched? It gives me the creeps! Thanks Chris
  2. nodak3

    nodak3 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Feb 5, 2003
    Coyotes are smaller than wolves and have a much larger area they inhabit. A wolf HOWLS and a coyotes sings is the best I can explain it. And they sing to the moon, to each other, and just cause. It isn't about a kill. They would be busy chowing down.

    And most interesting of all, when you hear a "coyote pack" you might be fooled. One lone coyote will yip, yelp, sing, bark, etc and generally sound like a full pack. Put two on opposite sides of a ravine and it can sound like a coyote convention.

    And that is my second favorite lullaby after rain on a roof.

  3. Wisconsin Ann

    Wisconsin Ann Happy Scrounger

    Feb 27, 2007
    South Central Wisconsin
    the howl...coyotes are high pitched, and more yelp like. wolf howl is longer and deeper, rising to a high pitch.

    as to why they howl, well. don't know about wolves, but the coyotes howl to make their territory, and to talk to one another "here i am. where are you."

    they also yip yip a lot when they play or are excited.

    at night, the pack will howl to each other....it's pretty eerie...the sound comes from all around you.

    I'd guess the wolves howl for similar reasons. Ever heard a large husky dog or shepard howling in response to a police siren? or train? wolf howl sounds something like that. It's a communication to someone far away.

    you can find websites that have vocalizations of many predators. One is: http://www.allpredatorcalls.com/sound_links.htm
  4. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Between Crosslake and Emily Minnesota
    Don't worry you'll know it. Coyotes sound like a bunch of whiney poodles. A wolf's howl will make the hairs on the back of your neck bristle.
  5. fordson major

    fordson major construction and Garden b Supporter

    Jul 12, 2003
    east ont canada

    they like whiney poodles for a late night snack too!! any dog as a matter of fact,cats, chickens, sheep, cattle, at times going right in the barn too get them! wolves tend too stay very far away from humans and like cabin said, make your hair stand on end. wolves will clean out any coyotes in an area, the two don't tend to cohabit.
  6. BillHoo

    BillHoo Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2005
    ...and coyotes will kill any foxes in the area too!

    So if we get wolf-eating gorillas, that will take care of that problem.

    But what about the gorillas?

    Well, when winter comes in, they'll all die....

    Sorry, couldn't help myself - referencing the Simpsons episode where Sprinfield is infested with flying lizards and how they got rid of them.
  7. celadon

    celadon Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I have a coydog that does the most beautiful song. Ilove hearing it. One night he sang for most of the night. I called the neighbors the next day to apoloize. they said not to worry they never heard anything so beautiful. I do not like there yapping but love ther songs.
  8. pancho

    pancho Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2006
    As long as you can hear them you do not have a problem. When they do not make any noise you have a problem.