Coyote (Canis latrans): The coyote is a medium-sized member of the canine family. Average coyote weight is between 20-30 lbs., though they can weigh up to 50 lbs. Coyote fur can be a variety of colors including gray, tawny, red, blond and black. They are opportunistic omnivores (meaning they will eat anything), but primarily consume deer (especially fawns and roadkills), rabbits, small mammals and fruit. They give birth in late spring to two to eight young. Coyotes will form packs; generally, these packs are family groups, including a breeding male and female, young from the current year and young from the previous year. Learn how to tell a coyote from a wolf. Coyotes may be hunted year-round with the appropriate license, though the trapping season is restricted.
Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus): The gray fox is the smallest canine found in Wisconsin. Gray foxes, as their name suggests, have gray fur with white on the chins and throats and brown undersides. They have a black stipe down the top of their tail and do not have the white tip like red foxes do. They are unique because they have semi-retractable claws which allow them to climb trees, and they are one of only two canine species in the world that can do so. They are more common in southern Wisconsin. There is a limited trapping season on the gray fox that requires the appropriate license.