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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 05, 1912, Image 11

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coyote is often confused with the
wolf. Tt is known in the fur
trade as prairie wolf or coyote,
and sometimes just wolf. The
coyote is smaller than the wolf.
Its fur is finer. It has a thinner
skin. Its ears are larger. Their
ears are erect. The wolf's ears ft
are more pointed and it has a
longer tail according to its size.
A full grown coyote weighs
from 18 to 35 pounds. An aver
age one measures 4 feet 10 inches
from the point of the nose to the
tip of the tail, with a tail of about
15 inches.
In different localities wolves
receive different names, such as
gray wolf, white wolf, black
wolf, etc. They vary greatly in
size and color, but in every other
way they are the same. The
most common color is gray. Sev
eral different colors can some
times be seen in one pack and
even in one den. An average size
wolf stands 28 inches at the
shoulders and weighs about 75
pounds, and measuring nearly 6
feet. They vary in size from "50
to 160 pounds and measuring as
much as six and a half feet. The
white wolves are generally the
largest, but there are large and
small wolves among all colors.
The largest wolves I ever seen
was a nearly black one and a
white one.
Coyotes and wolves are found
in the timber and on the plain.
They inhabit all the sage brush
country of the west. Coyotes
continually follow the herds of
sheep. They do a great amount
of damage to the sheep industry
of this country every year. They,
also prey upon vra"bbits and in the
springtime1 the prairie hens suffer
from their depredations. They
kill the hen on her nest and then
eat the eggs.
While the coyote is the worst
enemy of the sheep the wolf is the
worst enemy of the cattle and
horses A wolf sometimes kills
sheep generally quite a number
and coyotes sometimes kill
calves, but not very often.
Both coyotes and wolves have
a large number of pups, often as
many as 10. They bring them
forth in April and May. They
have holes in rocks or in large
badger holes for their dens. They
have more than one den, some
times as many as a dozen within
a mile or two, so as soon as they
are molested they move to a new
Coyotes are generally shy,
cowardly creatures, but they will
sometimes come close to a per
son to fight with the dogs.
I've never heard of a wolf try
ing to make prey of a man but
once. Wolves are not half so
dangerous as most people think.
All that I have seen, except on
one or two occasions sput them
selves o'ut of sight as soon as possible.
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Now if Ryan, Belmont and
Morgan' bring on their panic it
will pretty near break Cousin Bill
Taft's heart.
Electricity is to be tried as a
means of making weak babies
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