Coyotes are common residents on the Navajo Nation. They can be found wandering the within nearly all habitats from the low desert to the high-elevation moutains. Coyotes are social animals that live in small family groups and often hunt in pairs. They are carnivores, feeding mostly on smaller mammals, but also on birds, reptiles and carrion.
Coyotes are called "Máii" in the Navajo language and are said to posses mystical powers. They are considered as messengers and respected by the Navajo People. They are also a sacred animal because of their involvement in the Navajo Creation Stories.