From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 1994:
ADIRONDACK FOREST PRESERVE, N.Y.– –
Long hated and persecuted for resembling wolves, coyotes
again figure to pay the price for their bigger cousins as
wolves, their own image rehabilitated, are reintroduced to
fragments of their former habitat. The strongest argument
wolf defenders have for reintroduction, they’ve found, is not
that North American wolves have never verifiably attacked a
human being, nor that they’re the lovable creatures whose
family life Farley Mowat recorded in Never Cry Wolf!
Rather, it’s that, “A wolf will kill a coyote if he sees
it,” as Michael Kellett of RESTORE the North Woods
explains at every opportunity.
“Wolves have larger territorial needs than coyotes,”
elaborates Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
biologist Tom Schaeffer. “They live in well-established
groups,” including many adults of both sexes plus cubs, “who
require a larger area, sometimes as much as 200 square miles.
Thus you would be dealing with a smaller number of wolves
in an area than coyotes,” who live in family units typically
structured around a monogamous pair. A coyote family usual-
ly occupies about 24 square miles, though territories of up to
100 square miles are not unheard of.