Coyotes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This member of the dog family is highly adaptable, surviving in many different habitats across the country. Here, coyotes are most active at night.
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This member of the dog family is highly adaptable, surviving in many different habitats across the country. Here, coyotes are most active at night, hunting rodents, rabbits, fish, and frogs. Coyotes can reach about 4 feet in length and weigh up to 50 pounds. Their larger cousin, the red wolf, used to live in the Smokies, but was hunted to extinction in the area by the 1980s, so coyotes are now top dog in the park.

Where to See Coyotes

Coyotes roam all over the park, but it takes luck to spot one. Look for them at dawn at dusk, when they’re more likely to be on the move, and listen for their eerie howls at night.

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