Wolf Vs Coyote Comparison Fight

Wolf Vs Coyote-

Wolves and coyotes are practically the same animals with different sizes.

The wolf is the bigger one has the upper hand but what can be the possible outcomes when they face each other.

In order to understand all that it is advisable to understand a little about both the species.

Gathering all the information and facts lead to the conclusion that wolves are bigger and stronger and will take down a coyote if the opportunity arises.

In our previous articles, we had to make imaginary situations but in this case, they actually fight therefore we have some concrete facts like in a fair fight, the wolf wins.


Wolves are carnivore predators belonging to the canine family.

They live in packs.

They travel in a group which is commonly known as a nuclear family.

The nuclear family includes two adults who are generally a couple, a male and a female and their children.

The most intriguing one is the grey wolf.

The species seems to perk up the interests of many as there are most published books and research done on them then most of the other animals.

The adult wolf if it is a male can weigh from 40 to 45 kilograms.

Females get to be a little lighter than males approximately 35 to 38 kilograms.

It must be noted that they are very social animals. The wolves generally live for about seventeen years.

How do wolves maintain their packs

One very interesting thing which attracts us towards them is their habits and rules by which they abide and lead their lives.

As previously discussed, they live in packs.

These packs can have only two to twenty members, but what is common about these packs is that they have one alpha male and one alpha female.

They are the leaders of the pack.

The ones under them are generally their own children but sometimes they accept a lone wolf to their packs.

They hunt in groups as it turns out to be more efficient, less time consuming and provides food for the whole family as through this method, they can kill a bigger opponent quite easily.

Of course the alpha male and female get to eat before any of the other members. This ranking does not stop with the alphas.

The members below them are also ranked.

The ones in the bottom often go on alone and become lone wolves, sometimes creating their own new family or in some cases it is also seen that they join other packs.

They preferably live in dens.

The dens are a safe place to take their food but most importantly a safe place for the mother wolf to raise her cubs.

As most of the canines, they are born blind leaving themselves wide open as easy prey for the other predators of the region.

In order to ensure the safety of her children, the mother wolf stays with her children in the den to ensure the safety of those cubs until they are able to go outside with the pack and eat solid food.


Coyotes are very close relatives of the grey wolves.

The only distinguishing feature between them may be the size difference.

The coyotes are significantly smaller than the grey wolf.

A male grey wolf can weigh up to 45 kilograms but a fully grown coyote weighs typically only 20 kilograms.

They also belong to the canine family and certainly depend upon other animals for their survival but at times they can be seen eating fruits.

They are very compatible with change which is the key to their survival.

They adapt to their surroundings very quickly.

As we know the way the wolves live and hunt, it should make things easier to compare between the two if we have information regarding the lifestyle and general habits of the coyote.

The Coyotes also live and hunt in groups but unlike the wolves, they can have members in the pack not related directly to the alpha male and female.

This trait is found very rarely in case of the wolves.

The wolves are known to hunt large mammals frequently but in the case of coyotes, they generally prey upon smaller animals.

They eat rodents, deer, fawns, birds, some reptiles, etc.

They have been known to kill and eat porcupines.

Although they have to do it in pairs at first as the spikes of the porcupine may result in harming a single coyote.

The females show similar behaviour as the she-wolves.

When they have to give birth, they confine themselves to a safe place, generally a den but can be hollow trees or other places where the predators can’t easily reach them.

The female gives birth to an average of six cubs at a time.

They are also blind at first hence need utmost care to ensure their survival.

The process of growing up is the same as of the wolves.

What really differentiates their way of hunting from that of wolves is the approach.

While the wolves are seen attacking their prey from the side, they attack from the front and focus on weak but critical points like the neck.

Fight between wolf and coyote(Wolf versus coyote)

All the buildup we have been doing up to now is for this one point. What happens when a coyote fights a grey wolf?

Generally we would start by stating some other facts regarding the topic but in this case, we have to hold it and see what normally happens as we already have some facts with solid proof.

In the wild, there can be numerous variables which can change the outcome of the battle.

This applies when both opponents have a chance of winning.

In this case, it is a well-known fact that the grey wolves sometimes hunt the coyotes as prey.

Yes, other than tigers and humans, grey wolves also hunt coyotes.

This should clarify what would happen if a wolf were to fight a coyote.

In a battle such as this with an animal twice the size of itself, with the same skills to kill, the coyote faces certain death.

Now to the part where we create scenarios of the fight using various different variables.

Let us just assume that a lone wolf gets into a fight with a large pack of coyotes.

In general hunting scenario where there is also a pack of wolves, the outcome might be different.

But in this case, there is a single wolf and approximately 20 coyotes.

Obviously, when the fight starts, the wolf might take down one or two of its opponents but a single animal can fight for so long.

After some time the coyotes will take town the single wolf.

Well in ideal conditions the wolf or the coyotes, either one will not engage in a fight like that as the stakes are too high.

There is a chance for the wolf to lose his life and instinctively the coyotes would not attack the wolf as it might result in them losing their leader of some other important member of the pack.

The coyotes and wolves can mate in the wild (possible as both the species are closely related to each other).

They breed and a hybrid is born.

There are hybrids present currently and proves of it happening in the past are discovered by the scientists.

Wolves versus coyote (battle of survival)

It is pretty easy to deduce that the coyotes are a no match for the wolves in a one on one battle.

Getting into the topic from another direction, who would win the battle of survival as in which species will prevail in the long run and gets to exist on earth without external help.

In case humans do not contribute to saving any of the two, which one would go extinct first.

It is no surprise that we interfere with the natural processes which affect the lives of these creatures.

In the case of wolves, the lack of natural habitat and loss of food will cause numerous problems as they are not used to change.

In the case of the coyotes, all these factors will cause various challenges, but the coyotes are known to adapt to change pretty well.

Also, they can take non-vegetarian as well as a vegetarian mode of nutrition.

This can be a huge upside down the line taking coyotes higher than the wolves in this concept.

Considering this, the coyotes are likely to survive longer than the wolves.

Rhythm Dhami

A deep-rooted person who has made an investigation of regular history since childhood or so - longer than I can recollect. An interest in wildlife has developed into wonder with all of nature, and an unquenchable interest to take in more..

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