The problem we are facing with coyote management is the information coyote advocates and animal activists or lobby groups protecting coyotes under the veil of wildlife (in an urban habitat) are referring to “science” and “facts” which are either not substantiated or never challenged effectively or incorrect or misleading – all with the same outcome of irresponsible policy for people and domestic pets – unacceptable threats and dangers in cities.
We are compiling science to support the concerns people have over urban coyote populations – escalating attacks and the threat and danger they pose while cities allow them to roam at large.
Understanding the urban coyote problem?
Diseases coyotes carry into cities.
Why the coyote population is growing.
What do coyotes eat?
When coyote parents get used to humans, their offspring become bolder, too
Demographic and Spatial Responses of Coyotes to
Changes in Food and Exploitation (this address the effectiveness of population reduction)
Legal Overview of the urban nuisance coyote problem – must read!!!
Growing Population and growing number of attacks on people.
Expert on habituating and attacks
The Problematic Trend of Pseudo-Science Dictating Urban Coyote
Successful Coyote Management program in California
Exposing the Animal Rights Group Lies;
https://projectcoyotelies.com/Updates on a Database of Coyotes Attacks on Humans 1970-2015;
The Problematic Trend of Pseudo-science Dictating Urban Coyote Management Policy;
Coyote (canis latrans) Interactions With Humans and Pets Reported in the Canadian Print Media (1995-2010);
The coyote problem is population growth not destruction of habitat.
Media reported attacks are listed on our “Risks” page
Collingwood Resident Perspective – fact is this is a new problem;
Letter on population control;
Dear Mr Fitkin,
Thanks for your note on May 31st about coyote population dynamics and coyote damage control. I’m sorry that my previous communications weren’t clear. I’ll try to do better this time.
Regarding coyote reproduction increases in response to control, I think I’m getting a bum rap from the people who tell you that coyote numbers will zoom out of sight if any are killed. It’s true that reproduction will increase among the survivors of intensive control programs, but the increase is much less than your critics claim. Plus, you don’t have intensive coyote control in urban situations.
In 1975 I estimated that, compared to a population with no predator control, the number of pups born annually would increase about 10 to 20 percent if 20 to 30 percent of the entire coyote population is killed annually, year after year. Such an increase wouldn’t even be noticeable unless coyote numbers were monitored closely, which they rarely are. And a 20 to 30 percent annual kill is much higher than would ever happen with your urban coyotes.
What I’m saying is that potential increases in coyote births are so low that they’re not relevant in urban coyote damage situations involving a few problem coyotes. The problem individuals are only a small fraction of the coyote population, and their removal can’t reasonably be called intensive population control.
This is why I wrote to Mr. Oleyar that I was surprised to hear my 1975 modeling report being used to argue against killing problem coyotes. The long term population dynamics represented in that model just aren’t relevant to short term management of local damage situations caused by small numbers of problem individuals.
When coyotes are killing pets and threatening children in urban situations, in my opinion the last thing we should do is argue the technicalities of coyote population dynamics. Instead, we should remove the problem coyotes as quickly, efficiently, and humanely as possible. And stop people from feeding the coyotes.
I hope this helps.
Wildlife Research Biologist (Retired)
USDA Wildlife Services
CTV News Report on growing coyote population
Petitions are a way to get the facts out;