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(Canis latrans) have historically been a matter of concern to ranchers and Animal Damage Control personnel in the western US. With range expansion of the coyote into the eastern US, coyote depredations on domestic stock and fowl appears to be emerging as an issue that will deserve to be more fully addressed by researchers, policy makers and management personnel in this region of the US. This portion of the panel presentation will review and discuss damage problems and losses from coyotes in the northern states of the Eastern Animal Damage Control (ADC) Region. Information for this presentation was obtained through responses to a mail questionnaire provided to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, ADC State Directors in the northeastern states and northern tier of states extending from Ohio to Minnesota; 18 states were included in the survey. The questionnaire was composed of a series of questions under four main headings: 1) coyote population status and distribution; 2) coyote depredations; 3) domestic and feral dog depredations; and 4) livestock production. State Directors were requested to contact agencies (State Departments of Agriculture and Fish and Game Departments) in their respective states for responses to questions they were unable to specifically address. Follow-up phone calls were made to state agencies or State Directors when it was necessary to obtain clarification on a particular response or supplemental information.