Eastern Coyote (Canis Latrans var.) The typical size of a full grown coyote ranges from 30-45lbs. With a length of 4-5 feet long this includes the tail. The coyote will run with it tail down unlike typical dogs and other canines. When determining if it is a coyote make note of the tail as it is straight, unlike dogs which usually have a curved tail. There will also be a black tip to the tail of the coyote. They can be found throughout NY and prefer marshy areas, dense fields, and forest areas. But they can adapt to live in areas where there are a lot of people. The typical litter of pups a female coyote can have is 5-7 and are usually born in Late April.
Coyotes our opportunists, and will feed on a wide variety of items. Most of the diet will come from small rodents and rabbits, however they do feed on insects, small mammals, fish, frogs, fruits, berries, deer, garbage, dog food, cat food, and some will even kill and eat live stock (chickens, ducks, lambs, etc…). They have been known to kill house cats, and smaller dogs. All free roaming pets should be brought in at night to prevent injury or death if a coyote has been seen within the area.
Diseases associated with Coyotes are tularemia, hepatitis, mange , rabies, parvo virus, and distemper. If you see a coyote during the day this does not mean it is sick, or has rabies. It could be a coyote that needs extra food to keep up with the demands of its pups.
If you are currently having a problem with coyotes on your property give your local pest control service a call today to set up Coyote traps. They will inspect the area, and help you on coyote removal to solve the problem.