Coyotes in the City

Are there Coyotes in the City?

For million years, coyotes have lived in North America and these poor animals have been subject to many scientific examination and research by many companies. The National Geographic had sometimes ago reported that annually some 500,000 coyotes are killed for studies related to science. Then, the question one needs to ask is; when so many coyotes are killed each year, then are there any coyotes in the city? Well, before going into the statistics to know about this, it is necessary to know about this animal, the existence of which is being discussed.

Coyotes – a growing population

This animal is a member of Canidae family and its expansion into South Eastern United States is not considered as natural because between the periods 1900 to 1965, no coyotes were found in the south-eastern states of Mississippi River. Coyotes are unnatural inhabitants of the city who were either released in pens established for hunting. Because, this animal has high reproductive potential, ability to produce 12 pups at a time, the expansion has been rapid.

Additionally, land management practices have been supporting their expansion on a wide and rapid scale. Moreover, they can survive on anything, which makes the answer to the question easier because when an animal can survive on anything, it does not need to stick to one place and can wander from one place to other, not in search of food but for a better place. Hence, it is right to begin at this point stating that there are coyotes in the city.

Are there Coyotes in the City

Coyotes are living in the city

An interesting statement to read is “we the humans are populating the world and coyotes are competing with the human beings”. It may seem funny but the rate at which the coyotes give birth to the new ones is quite astonishing. The Utah State University conducted a research on the coyotes’ presence in the city and studied wildlife officials in nearly 105 urban areas in the whole of the United States. The study found that 96 of the selected cities or 91% of the cities in the United States are home to coyotes.

This is a startling revelation and it is life-threatening too because coyotes in the city are dangerous to the residents as they carry rabies and other diseases. This is confirmed by the Utah study observation, which states that three-fourths of the cities that have coyotes have coyote-human conflicts, usually referred to as contradictory behavior of human and coyote, aggressive behavior of coyote towards human, and physically attacking a person or other pet animals. Now, this behavior is what makes it a more dangerous animal than it actually is. This is one of the symptoms in animals having rabies.

Coyotes’ presence in the USA

Coyotes are more likely to be found in larger cities like New York and California. They are animals that are more aggressive. Since coyotes can survive on anything and are omnivorous, they can adapt to an urban environment because they are less likely to be harmed and more likely to associate with the society with an easy and dependable source of food such as small dogs and cats. Yes, that is what coyotes in the city look out for. Many newspapers have reported stories of coyotes harassing dogs, or snatching cats from their owners.

Lawful killing of coyotes

There have been incidents of people being attacked or bitten by a coyote and later infected by rabies. Many incidents have been reported from large cities like California. Since its population is increasing and it’s not an endangered species, 400,000 coyotes are killed each year. While it may seem like a big number, but do not forget that coyotes have quick and high reproductive potential and give birth to 12 pups at a time.

The cities are flooded with coyotes with tons of complaints sent to US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency to kill the menace. It is reported that the government agency kills 80000 coyotes while the remaining number 320,000 are part of the killing contests created by the United States to invite participation from interested people to hunt down coyotes and earn recognition and money. Nevertheless, this whole exercise costs $20 million of taxpayers’ money and yet, the number of coyotes in the city is increasing.

Coyotes carry rabies

There are coyotes in the city and they are increasingly becoming dangerous for people to roam freely on the street with their pets. For example, a girl at Alabama Park was attacked by a coyote and was given rabies shot and later, the management at the park, killed down two of the three coyotes roaming in the park. Other incidents include coyotes attacking individuals, harassing their pets, and spreading rabies.

In order to know whether there are coyotes in your city, one should look out for signs such as footprints, etc. The coyotes become aggressively active during the period of reproduction and tend to collect food and find dens for their pups, albeit far away from the humans, where there is no human movement.

How to protect yourself

Knowing about the presence of coyotes in the city is necessary to decide about the next step to take in relation to your safety, your pets’ safety, the safety of your livestock among other things. Residents should observe the behavior of coyotes and understand that they are not domestic animals but wild animals with omnivorous traits. This trait works as an advantage for them and they can adapt to the urban environment very easily because they do not need to search for food.

They can just snatch small dogs or cats and have it for food. In addition, as far as humans are concerned, the only thing that one should be frightened of is coyote’s bite, which may contain rabies virus. If there are any coyotes in the city, they must be hunted. The population is increasing despite the fact that nearly 400,000 coyotes are killed each year every year. That is such a huge number and yet, there are coyotes roaming freely on the road, at farms posing a grave risk to the livestock and health of humans.

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Selling Coyote Pelts and How to Get the Maximum Price

You’ve shot your coyote, you skinned and dried it and tanned it yourself, and you’re interested in finding out how and where to sell the animal fur. What do you do? You want money for the coyote hide, but who wants it is the question. People can use the fur for all kinds of things like blankets, decoration and clothing. And if you’re wondering, you can also use the fur from the tail of the coyote hide. Hides can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes depending on the size and quality of the fur after skinning the animal.

When finding a buyer for hides, there are several different places to look. You can of course search the Internet for where to sell hide. That’s fine if you’re looking for mainly a wide spectrum of choices. But often if you’re in a smaller community or area, it may be tough to locate ready fur buyers; and of course you’re not looking to make a long drive or trip, which will cost gas, and maybe an overnight stay, especially when you don’t know how much your fur will go for. And of course prices vary by market, and the old rule of “supply and demand. Having said that, just know that a quality coyote pelt, properly prepared will always be sell-able.


Tanned coyote fur is often a delicacy in countries around the world. It can be used for decoration, providing warmth, fashion – such as Canada Goose jackets – and with select quality coyote skins can be used to create all different shapes and sizes of hides. After a heavy winter of hunting, fleshing a good coyote can be what makes you money.

Fur buyers post ads in local newspapers for hides from all kinds of animals. Outdoor outfitters will often have fur buyer contacts posted in the stores on their bulletin boards. It’s win/win for both the fur buyers and the stores – -as these ads will bring in potential customers. I’ve also seen that fur buyers will advertise locally, and will show up in an outdoor outfitter’s parking lot on set dates with their trucks and buy furs and pelts on the spot. I also would point out that often, while it’s cash and carry, the prices offered are not the best, and if you have a larger load of good quality pelts, you may end up with less than you expected.

My best suggestion is to access an organization called The National Trappers Association (NTA). Go to the Internet, and find their site. Founded in 1959, this association is the bedrock of trapping from opportunities to conservation, and everything in between. Good people. Interestingly, the 2010 national convention was held in Marshfield, Wisconsin – – an area in central Wisconsin that harbors good fur bearing animal populations (including coyotes), and local trapping interest is high.

The NTA has listings of animal fur buyers throughout the country in their monthly newsletter/journal, which I’ve been able to find available at some outfitter stores. Fur buyers advertise in NTA publications. I also might suggest that you may want to at least try to call a local NTA member, or indeed an NTA board member (as I said, they’re good people who I’ve found are always willing to provide some type of helping hand). One of these folks may be able to provide you the name or names of reputable fur buyers in your area. You just know these NTA people won’t lead you astray.

From my discussions with coyote and wildlife hunters and trappers, I’m told that fur buyers that show up in their trucks don’t come close to the money you’ll get from a buyer who is associated with the NTA – -either as a member or an advertiser. Now, that’s not to knock those fur buyers who come to a community with their trucks. I’m just talking “real world” right now, and relating what I’ve been told by coyote hunters and trappers who prepare and sell pelts.

From what I’ve seen coyote pelts are graded on the basis of size, fur quality, coloration, and the market place- -like in “supply and demand.” With all the work you’ve put in to scouting, hunting, trapping, skinning, and preparing a pelt, you want to make sure you get top dollar for your animal. If you put a lot of work into your coyote pelts, it’s a good feeling that knowing that you hunted, skinned, and tanned it yourself.

Just another reason why I am so proud to cherish hunting and hunters.