Though coyotes (Canis latrans) have been observed to travel in large groups, in Yellowstone they primarily hunt in pairs. Coyote packs are generally smaller than wolf packs, and associations between individuals are less stable.
In theory, this is due to
the fact that coyotes reach their full growth in their first year, unlike wolves, which reach it in their second. At maturity, the male yearlings will disperse while the females generally stay with the pack. Lamar Canyon,...more »