Scientific Name: Canis Latrans

Life Cycle: June young (6-8) are being hunted for at an incredible pace.

Habitat: almost everywhere. Coyotes can live in suburban areas, rural areas and can even be found in cities.

Diet:garbage, compost, cats, pet food, fruit, grill drippings and other artificial food sources to supplement their natural diet of rodents, rabbits, woodchucks, snakes, insects, berries and carrion.(Source MassWildlife)

Please read below: One question that we are always wondering about is why is it that reporters are quick to blame trappers for the problems with foothold traps, but when an animal that could have been trapped by a foothold mauls a child, we hear no condemnation of animal rights groups? We at WDC find the media to be hypocritical on this issue.

#Are Coyotes Dangerous?   #Preventing Conflicts with Coyotes  #Coyote Attack Follow Up  Bibliography on Coyotes     #Farmer Loses Prized Calf to Coyote


Here is one letter we got!

We have a home in South Lake Tahoe, California. We have 1/4 of an acre. We do not live there but go once a month.We have a coyote problem. They are living in the woods behind our house.We chase them away but they return. My large golden retreiver was out one night and she was barking frantically, I rushed out and she was on our large deck with three coyotes in a semi circle in front of her. She backed up to me still barking and I yelled at the coyotes, and they left. I also have three grandchildren that come up and love to run around the forest behind our house. What can we do to get rid of these predators. Tahoe is not big on shooting them, someone mentioned mountain lion urine.Thank you


#Are Coyotes Dangerous? Yes, if you live in an area where they are not controlled through lethal means.

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WDC receives various inquiries from people concerned about coyotes. We are pleased to provide a press release on this topic from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. We hope it will be helpful to you.

SIDE BAR: Frank Miniter published an excellent article entitled "Preying on People in the February, 1999 issue of Outdoor Life pp. 49-54. In that article he cites that coyote on human attacks are becoming more frequent for a number of reasons. First, people have banned trapping. Second, people have begun feeding them (whether purposefully or through carelessness). Third, coyotes are beginning to see people as food.  The solution is to keep making sure that coyotes see humans as a threat and not a food resource.



Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Wayne F. MacCallum, Director For Immediate Release Contact: Bill Davis Phone:(508) 792-7270 ext. 153 Fax: (508) 792-7275 E-mail

    Most importantly Dan Neal, the 3 year old victim of an attack by an eastern coyote in Sandwich, is home and recovering from bites, scratches and abrasions inflicted by the animal. Results from the Department of Public Health showed the animal was negative for the rabies virus, meaning that the boy will not have to undergo a series of injections. The coyote carcass has been taken by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife  (DFW) for necropsy at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton.

    Today, veterinarians will conduct a physical exam, take radiographs and visually inspect internal organs to determine the animal's general condition at the time of the attack. Preliminary results indicate the coyote, an adult male weighing 40 lbs., had a healed fracture on the right foreleg. According to Dr. Mark Pokras of Tufts, the healing was complete suggesting the injury had occurred more than a year previously.

    Division biologists are working to determine why this animal was seen regularly in the Sandwich neighborhood and ultimately became aggressive. "Food is the key in more than 90% of coyote - human interactions." according to Susan Langlois, Furbearer Biologist for the DFW. "Coyotes lose their instinctive wariness of people when they begin to associate food with a human presence. They come to expect a handout from people or to find food around houses. This changes their natural behavior and results in reports of coyotes following and approaching people or lingering in backyards. The final stage is aggression which can be a bite triggered by a person trying to hand feed a coyote or an attack stimulated by a sudden movement or noise."

    In addition to the food theory the possibility exists that an injury or disease may have prevented this animal from hunting and scavenging naturally. The animal's mouth, teeth, stomach and digestive tract will be checked for abnormalities. Its behavior may have also changed as a result of prior human contact. Had this animal been kept and raised illegally when it was young it may have developed a dangerous bond with people. The release of such an animal back into the wild could have led to a situation like the one in Sandwich.


Coyote Attack Follow Up

We recently spoke with Sue Langlois Fur Bearer Biologist in Massachusetts) on the phone (9/3/98) about the coyote attack. We had heard a rumor that suggested that the homeowner actually cared for the coyote. Ms. Langlois replied that there was no evidence to support this rumor. She continued and said, after all the investigation there was no clear signs at why this coyote attacked. She noted that the neighborhood was well kept and that the coyote was most likely living on mice and rodents. Her best guess was that this particular coyote was just naturally more aggressive.

Farmer Loses Prized Calf to Coyote

Calf injured by a coyote.JPG (119676 bytes)This poor innocent calf was mauled by a coyote. Note the rear of the calf, with red streaks. This is where this calf was attacked by a coyote. This attack took place in August of 1998 at Jim Casavant's  farm in Oxford, MA. The calf had to be destroyed. In case you were wondering the calf was valued at $1,400. Do you think the anti groups or the state would compensate the farmer for his economic loss? This is yet another reason why Question 1 (for more info click politics of Trapping) was a tax on farmers. (photo and info used with permission.



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