Coyotes are extremely adaptable. They are the only large wild predator that have extended their range despite human intrusion into habitat…..they now live in rural and urban areas from California to Maine, from alpine to desert habitat. They have adapted to life in Vermilion seamlessly. The World Animal Foundation offers these tips for living with coyotes in Vermilion, Ohio.
The coyote is a true survivor of all conditions. They can be found in swamps, grasslands, dense forests, deserts and high mountains and can live off just about anything. Being a natural scavenger, the call of the city, town and suburb makes more additions to their habitat. Over and above their normal diet of snakes, rodents, rabbits, frogs, birds and grasshoppers, coyotes have added dog and cat food and garbage to their repertoire.
Coyotes resemble collie dogs and have brownish gray fur and a belly that is cream-colored. They weigh 20 - 45 pounds and are highly reproductive animals, something that has made their proliferation into towns and cities easier. Big parks and landscaping surrounding golf courses are some of the creature’s favorite urban hangouts.
Coyotes come into heat once a year in late winter or spring. About two months later they bear roughly six pubs, which begin to emerge from the den about two weeks later. They are less social than wolves or domestic dogs and usually hunt alone, although they sometimes hunt in pairs for larger prey.
Coyotes are carnivores, and opportunistic. 90% of their diet is meat, carrion, mice, rats, ground squirrels, marmots, prairie dogs, other rodents, and the occasional bird. Any environment that attracts small rodents will, in turn attract coyotes.
So, since we all live in coyote country.....
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