Reveals many surprising facts about Canis latran, whose scientific name translates as "barking dog." In fact, coyotes were named for an Aztec god. No one really knows the meaning of a coyote's howl. They rarely eat roadrunner, but do snack on chili peppers (spitting out the seeds!) And, perhaps oddest of all, coyotes are well known to form hunting partnerships with badgers. With Lauray Yule as your guide, take a look at coyotes in their own habitat. Frolic with coyote pups in their den, and gaze into the "dark-rimmed, golden-yellow eyes that reveal the calculating intelligence and curiosity of a high-order predator." From Native American legends to salt & pepper shakers, from wilderness to city streets, coyotes seem to be everywhere. Thirty colorful illustrations and photographs show not only the coyote itself, but the culture of the West as it has evolved around and expressed the spirit of this spooky, fascinating, and elusive creature.