Coyotes are members of the canid family, which includes wolves, dogs and foxes. Adults coyotes weigh an average of 30 to 50 pounds, and are four to five feet long from nose to end of tail.
Coyotes are carnivores, whose diet consists of rabbits, deer fawns, birds and various invertebrates. Coyotes also scavenge and can bring down larger prey in packs. They raise pups in dens, but seldom dig their own.
They possess exceptional senses of smell, sight and hearing, and can produce a distinct howl.
Coyotes can cause damage to a variety of resources, including livestock, poultry, and crops. They sometimes prey on pets and are a threat to public health and safety when they frequent airport runways and residential areas, and act as carriers of rabies. Coyotes prefer solidation, but become a big nuisance when it comes to certain livestock. Occasionally, an individual coyote learns that chickens, sheep, lambs and calves are easy prey.
During the winter , coyotes aggressively defend the area around their den site. This is when they often come into conflict with dogs (March-April), who they view as a threat to their pups. This is especially true if the coyotes are trying to move into the dog’s turf (a yard).
In the early spring and summer, coyotes seek easy prey to keep up with the food demands of their pups. “Easy prey” may include cats and dogs in suburban areas, and young livestock (lambs, chicks) in rural areas.
There may also be complaints during the fall, as young coyotes try to establish their own territories, because that can be a noisy process.
Nationwide, few people have been attacked by coyotes. Most coyotes don’t bother people. Some coyotes can become bold and aggressive. If you see individuals showing these behaviors, call Westchester Wildlife immediately. The potential does exist for coyote attacks in New York. People and coyotes can usually coexist if the coyotes maintain their natural fear of people.
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