Why We Should Think Twice About Coyotes


Fact: Coyotes Have Been Known to Attack People, Pets, and Livestock


This website gives detailed accounts of coyote attacks on humans of all ages. Coyotes are generally timid around people, but urbanized coyotes are becoming less afraid and encounters between coyotes and people are becoming too numerous.



This website gives an agricultural look at the damage coyotes have to livestock and how coyotes use their intelligence to find opportune times to go into rancher’s barns and kill their animals.


Coyote predation can be distingusihed from other dogs because coyotes mostly consume their victims. Tracks are also important because they tend to have more of an oval-shaped pad and denser paw marks. Their claws tend to be less prominenet in the track and are closer together in a straight line path (where a domestic dog’s walking path would not be so straight).

Coyotes are attracted to dog food, garbage and animals that are small enough to be prey. According to the AUCHSOC, about 3 to 5 pets attacked by coyotes are brought in on a weekly basis. These tend to mostly be dogs, since cats do not ususally survive the attacks.

Fact: Coyote Removal Can Improve Wildlife Populations

Many studies have been done to explore the effects of coyote removal on dwindling game populations. Many of these studies have proved that coyote control can improve ungulate populations. Studies were done in Utah and Colorado to see if coyote removal to prevent livestock predation would also improve mule deer and pronghorn populations. Researchers found that coyote removal of as little as 67 coyotes per site (7, 650 km^2 sites) significantly increased both pronghorn and mule deer densities of those areas. From these results, the researchers suggested that especially in managed ranch land, coyote populations should be controlled to increase both the livestock and native ungulate populations (JL Harrington &  MR Conover, 2007).

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Although their are other predators, the coyote is the number one ungulate fawn predator. With fawns becoming the future generation of the populations, fawn survival is crucial to sustaining viable populations. A writer for Predator Xtreme Magazine did a review on predator removal’s effect on fawn survival and found that coyote control before and during the fawning season could increase the fawn survival by 400% (J Cooney, 2009).

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As long as coyote control is done during the right time of year and at the extent needed to make a difference in the upcoming fawn population, coyote control has been seen to increase ungulate populations.