have long been one of the most controversial of all non-game animals.
Agriculture interests have urged the control of coyotes by whatever means
necessary to eliminate stock losses. However when coyotes are killed the
pack compensates for the losses by having more pups and more litters of
Environmentalists believe the coyote is necessary to preserve the
balance of nature. The coyote has its rightful place in the ecosystem.
Most of the coyote diet is made up of destructive rodents. Coyote
populationd have no lasting impact on other wildlife populations. Coyotes
also aid in the dispersal of seeds. The seeds of the one seed juniper and
the Indian manzanita have been found in coyote scat.
Coexisting with coyotes
- Do not feed
coyotes. They can become easily dependent on human food sources.
- Never leave pet
- Never discard
eadible garbage where coyotes can get to it.
- Secure garbage
containers and eliminate their odors. Use a small amount of ammonia or
cayenne peper in the garbage to discourage scavaging.
- Restrict the use of
- If possible,
eliminate outdoor sources of water.
- Trim and clear near
ground level any shrubbery that provides cover for coyotes.
- Use fencing to
deter coyotes. The fence must be at least six feet takk with the bottom
extending at least six inches bellow the ground level. Augument fencing
with outwardly inverted fencing, hot wire, or cement blocks and large
rocks buried outside the fence lone to prevent animals from digging into
- Actively discourage
coyotes by making loud noises and throwing rocks to make them
- Pick fruit as soon
as it ripens and keep rotted fruit off of the ground.
- Battery opperated
flashlights, tape recorded human noises, scattered moth balls and
ammonia soaked rags strategically placed may deter coyotes from entering
- Keep cats and small
doge indoors, allowing them outside under strict supervision.
- Keep chickens,
rabbits and other small animals in well protected areas and in sturdy
cages at night.
- Coyotes are
attracted to and can mate with unspayed or unneutered domestic dogs.
People living in areas frequented by coyotes should spay or neuter
- Trapping and
relocation of coyotes is not recommended. Coyote pups, though weaned at
an early age, may remain with their mother another year helping the
mother care for the new pups. Disruption of this pack can mean
devistation for the whole group. Suddenly orphaned coyotes can deviate
from the norm anf prey on easy game, small dogs, rabbits, chickens,
cats, etc. Wild animals are territorial and new animals will move in and
take over the territory of the removed coyote.