Biologists use the term “plasticity” to describe coyote behaviour, which means they can quickly adapt to changing conditions. For example, sudden pressure from hunting can prompt them to start having larger litters, which can end up increasing the population. | Mike Sturk photo

Coyotes: to shoot or not to shoot?

Ben Rodenburg has two guardian dogs, but he’d like to have more. The dogs, Maremma-Great Pyrenees crosses, protect the sheep and lambs at his farm near Ponoka, Alta. The majority of his 1,400 ewes are usually inside barns because Rodenburg and his wife Heather only have 40 acres. But, at any time a coyote could […] Read more

Why coyote trap-and-release programs don’t reduce predator concerns

Why coyote trap-and-release programs don’t reduce predator concerns

The operators of Agriculture Canada’s Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa have discovered that if you’ve got a coyote problem in the middle of the city, live trapping won’t earn any brownie points with environmentalists — and it won’t get rid of the problem, either. Earlier this spring, staff at the farm hired a company “to […] Read more

They’re the bane of many sheep producers across the Prairies. These intelligent, territorial animals can be difficult to discourage but there are ways to prevent livestock loss. | Michelle Houlden graphic

Coyote control

Quick Facts This successfully adaptive animal can be found in all parts of North America except for southeastern Florida, western Alaska and the Arctic tundra. Main diet is small rodents, but coyotes also eat berries, grass and road kill. Coyotes mate for life and both adults tend the pups. Average litter size is five to […] Read more