Wild Things: They're Wily But Not Really a Threat

Because coyotes are extremely adaptable, they can survive in many habitats, including cities. Their barks and yips can carry 2 or 3 miles and make two or three animals sound like six or more. Coyotes are vital to ecological balance because they help to keep populations of smaller animals in check. Over 90 percent of their diet is small mammals, but they will eat birds, snakes, insects, fish, fruits, and injured or sick deer.

Naturalist Ron Skleney dispels coyote myths and provides advice on keeping pets safe from coyotes on Wild Things on WDCB Radio (90.9 FM).  

                    

Here's some additional information and resources on coyotes:
Tips and advice for living with coyotes.
Chicago Tonight segment on "Chicago's Urban Coyotes."
“Being Coyote Wise: Living with Urban Coyotes” video from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center presentation of “Living With Coyotes in DuPage County.”
“Teenage Wildlife,” an article on coyotes from The Conservationist.
Story about a study showing "Coyotes are Loyal to Love." 
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