Are Coyotes Killing Your Deer?
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:45 AM
This study lasted over 20 months and more than 900 coyote stomach samples. The results concluded that approx 60 percent of the coyotes fed on the deer, with only about 4 percent feeding on birds &/or their eggs, with most of these being Turkey or Grouse.
I know there have been similar studies in the past in other states, but I still found this interesting, having always felt that coyotes take a bigger toll on deer than some folks or agencies believe or realize.
Anyway, this was one of several articles from several recent magazines, Predator Extreme & Varmint Hunter etc, and thought I would mention.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:54 AM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:03 AM
The article did not say anything about that... My hunch is, a cat killed deer would mostly likely be completely consumed by a cat. In other words, it would take one very hungry or brazen coyote to mess with a mtn lion's groceries. lol And cannot imagine that happening too often. But hey???
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:35 AM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:39 AM
The above Trail Camera picture shows a coyote chasing a fawn on one of the ranches I get to hunt on. We are getting some pictures of Does on our trail cameras and only one of the Does has a fawn with her.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:12 PM
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 05:45 PM
They are killing the young deer. The cats are killing the grown ones.
And the rest are starving.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:09 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:39 PM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:15 AM
Anyway, if you do a "coyote attack" search on Youtube (where else?) & then click on the fine print that says; "more videos for coyote attacks on deer" (usually found towards the middle or bottom of the first page), it will bring up dozens, if not hundreds of coyote attacks... on adult deer, including one HUGE whitetail buck taken down by a pair of scrawny coyotes.
Then consider the low percentage of coyote kills that are actually caught on film, and one might see the great potential for many adult deer that are killed by coyotes than suspected or realized. Mtn lions are the obvious killer of many deer, where as coyotes seem to be the less obvious or recognized.
OH, here's a true story. A few years ago, I actually had one F&G person tell me that coyotes do not kill antelope. What does that tell us?
Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:02 AM
I have seen dead fawn remains on a big ranch I hunt next to a no climb fence they have to keep the pigs out. I believe that the coyotes are running these fawns in to the no climb fence and killing them. I have never seen a coyote actually kill a deer but have seen pictures of it and vidieos. I really think they kill a lot more deer than people think they do.
I also believe this sheep was killed by coyotes on a ranch I hunt on.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:13 AM
I really think they kill a lot more deer than people think they do.
Yep, me too, Bennie, me too... A Lot more! And AWESOME pics too. Thanks for sharing!
dabob's excellent post (above) pretty much says it all too
Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:52 AM
As far as lion kills, coyotes absolutely follow the lions around and scavenge their kills. When it's hot and meat spoils fast, lions may only feed on a kill once or twice. All they will eat is the heart/ liver and some other stuff, practically everything else is left for the yotes and buzzards. To support this we have a ranch with lots of brush, we have a few coyotes but mostly fox/bobcat type of country. Whenever we get pictures of lions the coyotes are usually 2-3 hours behind, I've actually had pictures of coyotes with their nose to the ground scent trailing, exactly where the cats walked. The infestation of cougars (the four legged kind) in this state has decimated the deer herd, and given the yotes another huge food source.
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