Coyotes have been known to thrive in terrestrial and marsh habitats. They are also known to thrive next to urban and suburban homes and building developments. It is believed that this adaptability is in relation to their ability to gain access to food and water easily. Although their diet consists of mice, deer, birds, rabbits, insects, watermelons and other plant material, they have also been known to feed on rodents, lizards, snakes, grasses, fruit, fish and carrion (decaying flesh of dead animals).
Coyote dens have been spotted near homes and businesses during the late spring and early summer when pups are being cared for. They can also be a major predator on deer fawns, turkey poults and other small animals. Coyote predation on livestock is a cause for concern for many ranchers. Coyotes will kill goats, hogs, and calves. Domestic pets such as dogs and cats are regularly killed by coyotes in urban settings. They are more active at dawn and dusk, but they can be seen almost anytime during the day or night. Coyotes carry various diseases such as rabies, and salmonellosis which can be transmitted to humans and animals. They are host to eleven (11) species of parasites such as lice, heart worms, ticks, and whipworms.
If you encounter a coyote or you believe that you may have come across a coyote den, contact a nuisance wildlife professional. Do not attempt to approach or feed the coyote as they may cause serious harm or injury.