Coyote fact ? Coyote facts ? A crumb ? Plwease ? Coyote ?
coyotes are naturally social animals, but their pack structure is a LOT looser than wolf packs are and so it’s not at all unusual to see a coyote living and hunting alone!
but what IS unusual is that these lone coyotes will sometimes partner up with other animals for hunts who are… definitely not coyotes.
not even canines, in fact!
yeah that’s right, sometimes a coyote will straight up find a fucking american badger and decide, HEYYO, it’s the Burt to my Ernie! the Frog to my Toad! the Jelly to my crunchy-style Peanut Butter! let’s go kill something together, new best friend.
and then they do.
the way it works is that the odd couple will find a group of burrowing prey animals, like ground squirrels or prairie dogs, and start digging them out of their holes.
the prey is confounded- if they break out of their holes and flee, the coyote will use its superior speed to run them down, but if they stay put, the badger is just going to pry them up out of the damp earth and eat them anyway!
WHAT’S A POOR GROUND SQUIRREL TO DO.
nothing. they just get eaten. badger/coyote duos are FAR more effective hunters than either animal could hope to be on its own.