Wild canines commonly form long-term attachments to their mates, partnering until death. But when resources are plentiful, monogamy is often abandoned. Not so for urban coyotes in the American Midwest. Researchers found that despite abundant food, coyotes still formed close attachments to one mate. The coyote couples raised several generations of pups together. This new study presents the first genetic evidence of long-term coyote monogamy in urban areas.
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American Society of Mammalogists: Long-term pair bonding and genetic evidence for monogamy among urban coyotes
Ohio State University: School of Environment and Natural Resources
Urban Coyote Ecology and Management, Cook County, Illinois
Purdue University: Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Ohio Wildlife Center
Canis latrans: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
American Museum of Natural History: Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals
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