Coyotes and Deer

Coyotes attack a buck. Coyotes can hunt in bands, a group of coyotes.

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News


Pack of coyotes surrounds dog walker in Massachusetts October 17, 2022 News Center Maine

... the dog walker, who said that they were surrounded and that the coyotes were “not backing down,” police said in a Facebook post. Officers counted at least nine coyotes ...


Here’s the general region where Colorado plans to reintroduce wolves September 9, 2022 Colorado Public Radio

... the state’s best wolf habitat due its to vast deer and elk populations. At the same time, researchers concluded the region had a higher potential for conflict between wolves and people. Most voters in the region voted decisively against wolf reintroduction...


New Law Allows Alabamians to Hunt Hogs and Coyotes at Night July 6, 2021 Alabama News Network

... Coyotes have become more common in the Southeast in recent years. They’re known to prey on farm animals and kill white-tailed deer.... “Neither one are indigenous to this area, so they don’t fit in to our natural balance here,” ...


Deer hunters can get free lifetime hunting license by trapping coyotes May 26, 2021 South Dakota, Walterboro Live

... The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is asking deer hunters to help save the state’s deer population by helping to control a growing coyote population. ... coyotes first appeared in SC about 30 years ago ... preying heavily on deer fawns ...


Wildlife Commission votes to consider ban on killing contests March 21, 2021 Nevada Current

... Dr. Don Molde cited NDOW’s failed efforts to cull the coyote population near Caliente in a campaign to benefit deer. Molde says NDOW spent $4.5 million to kill 10,000 coyotes, “lost 35,000 deer,” and has “more coyotes than they started with...


Deer refuge undertakes lethal coyote control September 24, 2020 Washington, Wahkiakum County Eagle

... "We did conduct coyote control at the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer this year after a year of low fawn survival," Myers said in a written statement. "An intensive study conducted on the refuge concluded that fawn survival was one of the biggest factors affecting the deer population, and the main reason for low fawn survival was coyote predation...


Local wildlife panorama now includes deer-killing coyotes February 21, 2020 Delaware, CapeGazette.com

... “Coyotes run their prey down from the rear and rip into them from that direction. I don’t think the coyotes ate any of the deer unless one of them ate its entrails.” ... I used to hunt land in Connecticut ...There were lots of deer and turkeys ... “Then around 2003 or 2004, the coyotes showed up. The last five years I had a license I never shot a turkey or a deer..,


Predator control returns to Grant County February 13, 2018 Oregon, Blue Mountain Eagle

... 2,000 deer wintered on his ranch when the county had a Wildlife Services agent keeping predators under control, but the deer population dropped to about 100 after the program ended... the Wildlife Services agent had removed about 40 coyotes a year from his 5-square-mile property...


Coyote predation on fawns may demand direct attack April 17, 2015 North Carolina, Penn Live

... after spending a lot of time and money removing a lot of coyotes, did not measure a significant increase in fawn recruitment. Thus follows the advice: If fawn recruitment is falling, reducing doe harvest is easier, cheaper and possibly more effective than spring trapping." ...

Seeing more coyotes where you live? Now we know why March 9, 2017 Georgia, The Telegraph

... coyotes in the Southeast are relying more heavily on deer as prey than Western coyotes do ... white-tailed deer were the most important prey resource for resident coyotes ..,


Georgia wildlife managers want more coyote hunting February 17, 2017 Online Athens

... “Currently, scientific research suggests that removal of coyotes during the spring and summer is the most advantageous time to reduce the impact of predation on native wildlife,” ...


"Coyote Predation of Deer, Livestock and Pets" November 9, 2015 Georgia, Patch

... in Southwest Georgia on 2 sections of land. One section of 11,000 acres, 23 coyotes and 3 bobcats were trapped and on another 7,000 acres no trapping was done. The results were staggering. In the trapped area 2 out of every 3 does had fawns opposed to the un-trapped area where only 1 out of 28 does had fawns... “if coyotes are not a problem on your hunting property they will be in a few years.” …

2 major studies underway in Georgia, Alabama involving coyote research February 22, 2015 Georgia, Fish Wrap

... Biologists warn that coyotes in some areas are having a devastating effect on fawns — and that has implications for future generations of the whitetail deer... “Removing/killing coyotes simply opens up territory for others to move in and occupy,” Mowry said ...



Research


A Coyote Unexpectedly Attacked a Human in 2009. Scientists Now Know Why December 14, 2022 Canada, CNET

... Taylor Mitchell was attacked by a pack of coyotes while hiking at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Canada [2009] ... died from her injuries ... According to a paper ... they seem to be hunting moose for their meals ... these coyotes learned to attack larger mammals, like humans ...


Local farmer concerned with Sussex's coyote population November 11, 2022 Delaware, Cape Gazette

... “It’s going to devastate turkeys and the local deer herd,” said Hopkins, showing photos of a pack of coyotes taken at night with a trail camera. “You can tell there are more coyotes around because the deer herd is real skittish.” ...


DNR stresses urgency in addressing Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota June 5, 2021 Country Messenger

... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced that 12 additional white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) as part of its ongoing investigation of a farm in Beltrami County. The DNR believes the situation at the Beltrami County deer farm significantly changes the risk assessment and concern about CWD in Minnesota...,


Assessment of the Effect of Urbanization on Diversity, Population Dynamics and Wildlife Interactions Using Citizen-science Camera Trapping and Ancillary Data. AW Parsons - 2020

... Using an integrated population model, I found that suburban white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) survival and recruitment were negatively related to coyote density at low levels of development but positively related at high levels of development, consistent with deer exploiting suburban and urban areas for concentrated resources and/or as refuges from coyote predation. Overall, I found that diversity, the frequency of interspecific interactions and prey population dynamics can all be higher in suburban areas...


Coyotes living near cities are bolder: implications for dog evolution and human-wildlife conflict J Brooks, R Kays, B Hare - Behaviour, 2020

... We analysed the reactions of 636 coyotes to novel human artefacts (camera traps) at 575 sites across the state of North Carolina. Likelihood of a coyote approaching the camera increased with human housing density suggesting that urban coyotes are experiencing selection for boldness and becoming more attracted to human artifacts... We also note physical traits in coyotes that could be the result of domestication-related selection pressures, or dog hybridization...


As Coyotes Change The South, The South Is Changing Them April 24, 2019 Georgia, Georgia Public Broadcasting

... It's taken about a hundred years for coyotes to move in and fully saturate every corner of the South... “By and far white tailed deer were the most important prey resource for resident coyotes,” Chamberlain said of the study results in 2018...


Survival of Neonate Mule Deer Fawns in Southern Utah: Effects of Coyote Removal and Synchrony of Parturition JT Hall - 2018 [PDF]

... Our results indicated that coyote control can decrease mortality and increase survival of neonate mule deer in some situations. Removal of coyotes was most effective when removal efforts occurred for multiple consecutive years, and when control efforts occurred in or near fawning habitat...


Impacts of Coyotes (Canis latrans) on White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Behavior and Mortality in the Chicago Region [PDF] G Anchor - 2019

... Predation by coyotes was the primary cause of mortality (77.8%) of white-tailed deer fawns at our study site. Furthermore, white-tailed deer remains were found in most coyote scats (53.5%) but the presence of these remains were highest in scats collected in the summer (83.9% in 2017; 61.3% in 2018). The results of the fawn mortality analysis and scat analysis suggest that there are high incidents of coyote predation on white-tailed deer fawns but provide little evidence of predation on adult ...


The recent spread of coyotes across North America did not doom deer populations March 20, 2019 North Carolina, Phys.org

... A new study of deer numbers across the eastern United States has found that the arrival and establishment of coyote predators has not caused the number of deer harvested by hunters to decline... Previous studies of how coyotes might be affecting deer populations have produced inconsistent results...

Assessing factors affecting adult female white-tailed deer survival in the Northern Great Plains KL Moratz, BS Gullikson, ES Michel, JA Jenks… - Wildlife Research, 2019

... Predation was the main source of mortality for adult females in our study, with coyotes (Canis latrans) being the sole predator capable of depredation in our study area... almost 90% of mortalities occurring during the Post-hunt time period happened during late winter before spring green up...


Behavioral response of white‐tailed deer to coyote predation risk WD Gulsby, MJ Cherry, JT Johnson, LM Conner… - Ecosphere, 2018, Georgia

... Coyote abundance (i.e., predation risk) varied spatiotemporally and was a predictor of foraging behavior during at least one season for all sex‐age classes of deer except juveniles. Adult males were more sensitive to predation risk in winter, after the breeding season, whereas adult females were sensitive to predation risk during both seasons, but more so during fall when offspring are at greater risk. Yearling males were more sensitive to predation risk than adult males, and juveniles were least sensitive to predation risk, likely because of inexperience and high energetic demands...


White‐tailed deer population dynamics and adult female survival in the presence of a novel predator MC Chitwood, MA Lashley, JC Kilgo, CE Moorman… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2015 North Carolina

... Recent localized declines in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations in the southeastern United States have been linked to increasing predation pressure from coyotes (Canis latrans), a novel predator to the region. Studies have documented coyotes as the leading cause of mortality for neonates, and 1 study documented coyotes as a mortality factor for adult females... Our data indicate that for low-density deer populations with heavy predation pressure on neonates, protecting adult females from harvest may not completely offset population declines. Coyote removal might be a necessary strategy because it could possibly increase very low fawn survival, which appears to be the most important vital rate influencing λ in our study. However, managers may have to start with reductions in adult female harvest ...


Scale-Dependent Effects of Coyote-Predation Risk on Patterns of White-Tailed Deer Browsing along Linear Forest Edges JLB Pierce, SA Dalinsky, AA Chenaille, LM Lolya… - Northeastern Naturalist, New York, 2015

... Predation can influence patterns of browse through decreasing White-tailed Deer abundance and influencing patterns of habitat selection... We did not observe a change in White-tailed Deer browsing at the landscape scale in response to variation in the risk of Coyote predation, or a mitigating role of escape cover. However, we did detect a tendency for White-tailed Deer to shift browsing from the forest edge to interior along transects with more Coyotes. Our study indicates that Coyotes in the focal area were likely influencing patterns of browsing primarily through behaviorally mediated indirect effects...


Researching the coyote January 29, 2012 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

... coyote research team at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry ... GPS collars were fixed on 50 coyotes ... Preliminary findings show coyotes have little impact on adult deer survival rates (92 percent were scavenged remains) but they do impact the fawn population (34 documented coyote kills). One collared female coyote with seven pups killed 10 fawns during a three-week period...