Coyote Identification and Description
Resembling a dog in many ways, coyotes can vary a great deal in color and even in size. It is not uncommon to see coyote-dog and coyote-wolf hybrids in many areas of the United States. In fact, there are relatively few true wolves that remain in southern parts of the country because of coyote mixtures.
Although many references indicate that the original habitat for coyotes was the open grasslands and limited wooded areas, they have adapted over the years to thrive in nearly any environment from arctic to tropic in North America. Coyotes live in swamps, tundra, grasslands, dense forests and brush, in below sea level areas and mountain ranges. Amazingly, there are even high densities of coyotes that appear in the suburbs of major western cities.
The Diet and Feeding Habits of Coyotes
Coyotes eat a myriad of different things, but rabbits are definitely at the top the list of their dietary components. Rodents, insects, livestock and poultry are also staples. Aside from other animals, coyotes are also known to consume fruits including watermelon, berries, and other vegetation when they are available. Since they are opportunistic and take food that is easy to find, coyotes even feed on human waste at dump sites and even prey on domesticated animals like sheep and even cats and small dogs.
Damage and Control Options
Frequent scavengers on the carcasses of livestock, coyotes are often mistaken for preying on animals within a given area. That said, coyotes do account for direct damage to a variety of resources, including farm animals and crops, particularly watermelons. They can even pose a threat to the safety and health since they are known to frequent airport runways and residential areas, and can potentially carry rabies, which can be transmitted to humans.
When coyotes become a pest control problem on your property, it is important to find professionals in your area with a well established set of techniques for removal, like coyote traps, so that those who may come in contact with them are safe.
Animal Control - Interesting Facts
Insect damage is not covered by basic homeowner insurance.