Coyotes

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In this article on coyote facts I am going to cover as many facts as possible for you.

Full grown coyotes weigh from 20 to 50 pounds. They measure from 58 to 64 inches long from the tip of their nose to the tip of the tail. Their tail itself usually measures 12 to 16 inches.

Coyotes can live to the ripe old age of 14 years. Additionally it is believed that the population of coyotes in North America is at an all time high.

I don’t believe that is true here in NW Missouri where I live. I can recall as a teenager seeing and hearing coyotes almost on a daily basis on the farm. I do however think the population here is growing once again.

A couple of years back I can remember nearly every coyote I called or trapped had mange. I believe mange was responsible mainly here for the previous 10 year decrease in population.

Coyotes are omnivores. They’ve even been known to kill lambs, calves, and little pets.

Coyotes have an exception sense of smell. 100 times better than a human. They also have keen eyesight.

Female coyotes give birth to as few as 2, and up to a dozen pups in the spring. Both male and female will protect the pups and their land. The pups can hunt by themselves by fall.

Coyotes can run up to 40 miles an hour.

I know this article will be read by many from each side of the animal rights world. I will tell you right up front that I love coyotes. . Now I don’t expect everyone to agree with hunting coyotes. In my opinion, the ones that disagree with it only do not have all the facts they need to make an in formed choice. So I will list a fact here that is reason enough for me to hunt them and do my part to keep their population in check.

When coyotes become over populated in an area they begin venturing to urban communities. I just finished reading an article yesterday of a coyote attacking 2 small kids in Oregon State. Coyotes fault? No, it is just instinct to them. But the fact that coyotes have become so overpopulated in that region that they are being forced to search for new territory (which in this instance includes towns) is reason enough to narrow the people there in my opinion.

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