How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All

by Ezra Buckley on September 17, 2017

Coyotes, the victims of attempted extermination, have found a way to thrive.

 

The howl of the coyote is America’s “original national anthem,” says Dan Flores, author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History. A totemic animal in Native American mythology, the coyote has lived in North America for more than a million years. But since the early 19th-century, when Lewis and Clark first encountered them, coyotes have been subject to a pitiless war of extermination by ranchers and government agencies alike.

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