Urban Coyotes: Assets, Not Liabilities (VIDEO)

We don’t see coyotes very often, but they are indeed present in every metropolitan area in the U.S. In fact, a coyote, believed rabid, was recently shot in my hometown of Rye Brook, N.Y., just 45 minutes north of NYC.

This Voice of America video explains why coyotes make a real contribution to our well being, including cleaning up the sick, dying, and dead among wildlife.

One study found that just one coyote, if only eating mice, can eat 10,000 in a year!

Photo credit: Bill & Mavis T


Alison A6 years ago

Maybe you are 'in their face' Colleen, but they learn to live and let live.

No, even 'soft pellets' can be dangerous and can cause infection, you shouldn't be shooting anyone!

If you don't like wildlife, live in a city!

And what is wrong with animals wanting to be fed by someone they have found who is willing to do so?

If you find that a squirrels need to eat annoys you, don't feed them!

Personally I would not encourage wild animals to have direct human contact, not because their need for survival irritates me, but only because they may learn to trust humans and not all humans can be trusted.

colleen prinssen
colleen p6 years ago

you can shot them with air soft pelets right? so they don't get "in your face"?

if you hand feed squirrels, they will see people as food sources, they then may see a person and expect to be fed. and get "hey where is my food give me my peanuts now"

Ritva J.
Ritva J7 years ago

Coyotes have their special place on the Earth.

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Coyotes, like all other animals are needed and assets to us and the world!

Alison A.
Alison A7 years ago

All creatures are an asset to this world..... except man!

Felicity Nuscis
Felicity Nuscis7 years ago

This Is A Topic That Continues To Be Debated All Over The U.S. From My Point Of View Being A Mother And A Pet Owner I Can See The The Concerns Of Having These Animals So Close To Home,However This Is Something You Should Take Into Consideration When Choosing A Place To Live And Raise A Family I Get That Their In Very Dense Populated Areas As Well But How Often To You See Them,In Most Cases You Don't The People Who See These Animals As Pest And A Threat Our The Ones Who Have Made The Choice To Live In The Coyotes Backyard Its Not There Fault You Moved Into There Natural Habitat And Its Absolutely Crazy To Think These Animals Need To Be Removed They Were There First !

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago

We live in a more rural area, a planned living community. We do get coyotes here on a regular basis, but mostly at night. They do keep the rodent population down. The coyote is a beautiful animal with such an expressive face. Killing them is wrong! If we don't want them in urban areas, relocate them! And perhaps I would feel differently had it been my pet the coyote had killed. It would be awful to find our pet killed by a coyote, but I cannot justify killing wild animals because they are dangerous and following their natural instincts.

Tamila mendoza
Tamila mendoza7 years ago

Coyotes have their benefits and downfalls.

Susan McKowen
Sue McKowen7 years ago

I know I take a risk letting my cat out, but I love coyotes.

Carolyn Munro
Carolyn Munro7 years ago

Thank you Steven C
I am vry fearful of them yes. But I do like what tou said. There is no one here more in lover with animals. I take in and look after many strays

But honestly, everyone in this province is so fearful of them. Not the coyotes, we know they are a shy animal and they really stay away for humans.

But it is the mixed breeding with dogs, that has made a whole new breed, Coy -dogs as they are called. 80 pounds and 10 times more agressive than the coyotoe

They have killed one young lady from Ont and very prominate singer and attacked others this summer and these coy dogs are looking at humans as food.
WE are fearful of our children when these animals are in our school yards , children cannot dare go out and play.

PLease understand Steven, it is not coyotes we are afraid of, it is the coy dog that is dangerous ro us all
Last nite when I got home from work about 11 pm, yes I am sure it is the same 2 that were in my yard. I wished i had my cammie with me, and so you can see the scratch marks on my car with them trying to get in at me

I stayed in my car for 2 hours before they gave up so I could get in the house. I love to garden, and I live rural but this summer I was too afraid to go outside. I licve alone and not one person would ever hear my cries for help. I would be found dead
I am so sorry for the lose of your kitty. I have 4 of them . They don't go outside I am too afraid they will be a meal

A coyotoe I would never hurt, but coy