The truth about Coyotes
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Being located around the Pine Barrens we have conducted several searches that bring us into them. I have heard this allot " The lost dog will bond with the coyotes" this is absolutely NOT TRUE. The fact of the matter is Coyotes will see a dog as a threat to them and try to kill them. The good thing is that even though there are coyote populations in the Pine Barrens they are few and far between and the chances of your dog being killed by coyotes are slim. Below are some interesting facts about the NJ Pine Barrens and Coyotes
Coyotes have many fur color variations. Generally they are pale brown in
color with mixes of gray, black and red in their coats. Their underbelly
is white in color. Mostly they resemble a German Shepard in appearance and
are of comparative size. Coyotes breed in January through March with 3-10
pups born about 2 months later. The family will remain together at least
until the fall of the year. Young females are capable of being bred their
The NJ Pine Barrens is home to 39 known species of mammals, ranging from more commonly seen animals such as Raccoons and Coyotes to more seldom seen animals such as River Otters.
Some Things to Know About Coyotes
Gardner said that harassing coyotes is the best way to reduce the number of them that hang around people’s homes.
Coyotes are omnivorous, but the bulk of their diet is meat. They catch birds, rabbits, squirrels, mice and other rodents, but they will also go after bigger animals such as deer. In rural areas, coyotes sometimes kill calves, sheep or poultry.
If they can’t find meat, coyotes eat insects (especially grasshoppers), fruit, berries and even garden crops including melons or carrots. They also eat food discarded by humans, including just about any kind of garbage.
All of this spells trouble for pets allowed to roam free. Not only will coyotes kill pets for food, they also kill them because they perceive dogs and cats as territorial competitors.
Attacks on humans are extremely rare, and one factor appears to be the relative size of people to coyotes. The average adult coyote weighs anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs.
While coyotes do not normally approach people, coyotes that show no
fear of humans can pose problems.
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