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Published in Proceedings of Great Plains Wildlife Damage Control Workshop, December 10, 11, and 12, 1973, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Edited by F. Robert Henderson.


The coyote denning operation is a useful method in coyote control, both to control populations and to eliminate problem animals, but a thorough knowledge of coyote behavior prior to and during the denning season is essential for productive results.

Coyotes do not dig their own dens, but enlarge existing holes dug by other animals, often those dug by badgers. Coyote den holes are not difficult to distinguish from holes dug by smaller animals. Being long-legged animals, their den entrances are elongated vertically instead of being round like those of badgers and other short-legged animals.