ca·​nid | \ ˈka-nəd How to pronounce canid (audio) , ˈkā- How to pronounce canid (audio) \

Definition of canid

: any of a family (Canidae) of carnivorous animals that includes the wolves, jackals, foxes, coyote, and the domestic dog

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At the time, at least 21 of the canids were known to wander the state’s rural areas., "Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt hotly contested wolf management plan," 7 June 2019 But, like most things having to do with the predatory canids, even that number is disputed. Kale Williams,, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018 Lights and noisemakers, some of them activated by radio collars on wolves, can frighten off the canids. Kale Williams,, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018 The other wolflike canid, the researchers concluded, is the coyote. Ted Gregory,, "Could there be a wolf pack living in Illinois? Man’s trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing," 19 June 2018 Two decades later, with the population rebounding, the canid was reintroduced in Yellowstone Park and central Idaho. Kale Williams,, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018 Once common throughout the southeastern United States, American red wolves are the most endangered canid in the world, according to the zoo. Abbie Bennett, charlotteobserver, "5 critically endangered red wolf pups born at NC Zoo during storms, tornado | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 One researcher found that San Diego canyons with coyotes have healthier ecosystems that canyons without these canids. Peter Rowe,, "Back story: Living with your not-so-friendly neighborhood coyotes," 29 Apr. 2018 For more than a decade, Gehrt has studied urban coyote behavior in Chicago, looking at how the canids interact with raccoons, with free-roaming cats, and with one another. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Foxes and Coyotes are Natural Enemies. Or Are They?," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of canid

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canid

New Latin Canidae, from Canis, type genus, from Latin canis

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