What time of the year do coyotes have babies?

The breeding season runs from late December through March, and pups are born in the early spring (two months after mating).

Litter size depends on a variety of factors but typically ranges from four to seven. As per the book The Mammals of Texas: Revised Edition, newborn coyotes are born blind and helpless. They are nourished by milk for the first 10 days. Their eyes open on the tenth day, at which time they can move about somewhat.

They can walk by 20 days and they begin to eat food at 4-6 weeks when their milk teeth are functional. Lactation is progressively reduced after 2 months.

Coyotes are most frequently seen and heard during mating season (January-March) and when juveniles start leaving the family pack (September-November). While normally fearful of people, they can sometimes be spotted crossing yards or streets. But coyotes are naturally timid animals and will usually flee at the sight of a human. Check out some tips on what to do if you see a coyote at Coyotesmarts.org.

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Thursday, March 17 2016

Source: http://www.coyotesmarts.org/coyotes101/

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