U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

 

Title

Coyotes

Date of this Version

11-2020

Document Type

Article

Citation

Tischaefer, R. 2020. Coyotes. Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series. USDA, APHIS, WS National Wildlife Research Center. Fort Collins, Colorado. 42p.

Abstract

The coyote (Canis latrans; Figure 1) is a medium-sized member of the canid family. Once primarily found in western deserts and grasslands, coyotes have expanded their range across North America and into diverse habitats, including urban areas. This expansion occurred during a time of extensive habitat change and efforts by people to suppress coyote populations to prevent damage. Coyotes can cause a variety of conflicts related to agriculture, natural resources, property, and human health and safety. This document highlights a variety of methods for reducing those conflicts. Coyotes are a highly adaptable species and may become habituated to some management tools and techniques used to reduce or prevent damage.

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