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Coyotes (Canis latrans) are currently common in most of New York State with an apparent increase of coyotes in urban areas. Coyotes can potentially cause a variety of effects and impacts. Urban coyotes can impact the general public by causing safety concerns for children and pets and by causing feelings of grief for attacked and missing pets. Politicians and government agencies can be impacted by calls from constituents to “do something”. Licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators can be positively impacted by significant business opportunities. Pets are impacted by coyote diseases and by being chased and consumed by coyotes. Efforts to identify and measure the effects and impacts of coyotes include a Standardized Coyote Incident Reporting System and human dimension studies. New York is also cooperating with two other studies researching urban coyotes and coyote foraging ecology and statewide population status.