Coyote Wildlife Facts in Wayne, PA; Adaptations, Habitat, Diet, Deterrents & Control Methods
Coyotes closely resemble a small collie dog and are a brownish gray in color with light gray to cream-colored bellies. They can also be almost completely black to red or almost entirely white in some populations Their back and tail usually have black guard hairs. Coyotes have erect pointed ears, a slender muzzle and a bushy tail. Male coyotes weigh 25 to 45 pounds and females weigh 22 to 35 pounds. Coyotes do well in all habitats includling surviving around people because of their adaptable behavior and social system. They are most active at night and in the early morning hours when they live around people and in areas with hot climates. If there isn’t a lot of human behavior, they will be active throughout the day. Coyotes have very good eyesight and they also have a great sense of hearing and smell. They will use dens to breed in February and March with litters being born in April and May.Coyotes like all kinds of food. Their favorite being rabbits, along with rodents, fawns and insects, like grasshoppers. When fruits are available, they will eat them. Coyotes will feed on our leftovers in the trash and at dump sites. They will also eat poultry and livestock and take prey that is easy to get. They will take advantage of old and sick prey as well as the inexperienced. They are more than capable of taking on healthy and able prey too.
Coyote Diseases & Parasites; Mange, Rabies, Ticks, Mites, Fleas & More
Coyotes can carry distemper, hepatitis, parvo and mange. Rabies can be transmitted to humans and other animals and pets. Parasites also like to hang out on coyotes and include mites, ticks, fleas, flukes and worms. Take care with your pets if you live in an area that has coyotes.
Coyote Deterrents; How to Keep Coyotes Away
If you have coyotes frequenting your yard on a regular basis, you’re providing then with what they’re looking for. Eliminate sources of food and don’t leave pet food out overnight. If you can stop them from killing just one time, the chances are they won’t keep doing it if given opportunities to do so. If they have started killing, immediate action is required to stop them. Good exclusion methods combined with effective control methods will be successful.
Net-wire fencing and electric fencing can be effective but coyotes are smart and will learn to jump higher or dig deeper with fences. Good fences will work well with other control methods in place. Motion activated lights, sprinklers and noise can be effective in scaring them and can cover large areas. They might catch on though; coyotes are clever! Odor deterrents like wolf urine, moth balls and rags soaked with ammonia cam work in keeping them away. Place these where you suspect they’re entering your property or in the trash cans outside your home to mask the smell of the garbage. Outside trash cans need tight fitting lids along with bungee cords to keep them closed if they’re knocked over.
Coyote Population Control
It’s not practical or wise to kill coyotes, but you will need help controlling them. There isn’t one coyote control method that is effective in each situation, so an integrated approach most often needs to be taken. Contact Pest Control Technicians, Inc. to come up with a solution.
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