|Being Coyote Wise:
Reduce risky behavior|
Perhaps no other wild animal has endured the wrath of humans–while evoking such genuine heartfelt admiration–than the coyote
. Some people curse their existence; Native Americans consider them to be the smartest animal on earth ("God’s dog"), and many urbanites revel in opportunities to see and hear these vocal predators.
The coyote’s success is attributed to the decline of wolf populations and the coyote’s own ability to adapt. Coyotes have adjusted very well to human-disturbed environments, and now thrive in close proximity to people.
Coyotes are opportunistic hunters, They prey on small mammals, domestic pets, livestock, and domestic fowl but will readily eat carrion and plants. A coyote will adjust its diet depending on the food that is available.
In Colorado, coyotes are classified as a game species and may be taken year-round with either a small game or a furbearer license. Landowners may kill coyotes, without a license, on their land if the coyotes threaten their property or livestock.
Humans can coexist with coyotes. The following guidelines can help you and your family to be Coyote Wise whether you live or recreate in Coyote Country.