IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COYOTES

  1. Coyotes have been L.A. residents for thousands of years.
    Among the mammal fossils found in the La Brea Tar Pits, coyotes are third most common.
  2. Coyotes are seasoned city dwellers.
    Unlike now-extinct dire wolves and saber-toothed cats, coyotes have flourished in the face of urban development.
  3. They don't want to eat your dog.
    Fecal samples reveal that less than 1 percent of coyote diets include dogs or cats. They overwhelmingly prefer rodents, rabbits, and fallen fruit--not stray chihuahuas.
  4. The word "coyote" is an Aztec term for "barking dog."
    They have 11 different types of vocalizations researchers can identify.
  5. Coyotes are monogamous.
    They can mate for life and have "honeymoon" dens they may return to again for coyote nookie.
  6. They'll outlast us.
    Coyotes can survive alone or in packs, can roam in the day or at night--they're one of the most adaptive creatures in nature. So be nice to your future canine overlords.