Coyotes Are Among Us

A coyote is spotted through the cattails.

Coyotes are out there. They live in each of our Metro Parks. They live along railway lines, gas and electric rights-of-way. They live in small woodlots and even around the stormwater ponds in the center of most new housing developments. In many respects, they are the biggest wildlife problem we have never had.

Coyotes have adapted to our environment and learned to avoid conflict with humans.
Watch a short documentary on coyote research.
  1. Coyotes are present in all our parks and natural areas.
  2. Coyotes go to great lengths to avoid people within the parks. During the day and at times of high visitation, coyotes move away from trails, parking lots and other areas humans are likely to be present.
  3. Coyotes live in family groups and the alpha pair restrict the size of the family within their territory (so they are not going to grow out of control).
  4. They feed mostly on smaller prey items like mice, voles and rabbits. They occasionally scavenge roadkill. They especially love dead beavers!
A coyote is released after being humanely captured and collared.
Coyote pups by a water bank.
Stay on designated trails and keep pets leashed to avoid conflict with coyotes.

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Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres, 16 parks, three nature centers and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at www.summitmetroparks.org.

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Summit Metro Parks

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Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres, 16 parks, three nature centers and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at www.summitmetroparks.org.

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