Coyote
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Coyotes in Central Mass

Appearance

In central Massachusetts, we are home to a coyote-wolf hybrid referred to as the eastern coyote. Adults weigh an average of 30 to 40 pounds and possess features similar to those of it’s western relatives such as their erect ears, straight, bushy tail and narrow chest. They also have four phases of color, ranging from dark brown to blonde or reddish blonde, though the most common phase is gray-brown, with reddish legs and ears.

Habitat

Coyotes are able to survive in rural forests, fields, thickets, marshes, and woodlands as well as populated suburbs. Mainly nocturnal animals, coyotes are most often observed at dawn or dusk, but can be active at anytime. Coyotes commonly make burrows in caves and abandoned dens of other animals. Open grasslands are their favored terrain, as these environments are often prime with coyote prey, like rabbits, squirrels, small rodents, and reptiles as well as larger game like deer, sheep, or even cattle.

Coyote Problems

Entry

Historic hunting and persecution of coyotes has bred them to be wary and naturally shy of humans. As such, they will not enter dwellings and are only active at night or in the early morning where humans are present. Coyotes will venture onto properties like pastures, fields, backyards, or even garbage dumps in search of food.

Damage

In rural areas, coyotes' destruction of livestock is a major concern. Their killing of sheep, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys results in significant losses for the agricultural industry each year. Human attacks are very rare and result in little to no serious damage when they do occur. However, coyotes are known carriers of dangerous diseases and parasites that afflict humans and animals, including rabies, distemper, parvo virus, mange mites, and fleas.

Coyote Control

Control and Safety

Several effective measures may be employed to keep coyotes away from livestock. Erecting fences can be useful so long as they have overhangs at the top and barbed wire along the bottom because coyotes are capable of jumping eight feet high and digging under unsecured fencing. Using guard dogs, donkeys, or llamas as protectors of livestock can be effective. Whenever possible, herd animals into enclosed spaces at night.

Trapping and Removal

Wild coyotes should never be approached. Although physically similar to dogs, coyotes are not domesticated animals and will bite if cornered or threatened. Individuals should always allow trained wildlife professionals to handle any infestations. Critter Control coyote experts are available to help manage and eliminate unwanted coyote problems.

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