Coyotes

While the coyote is found throughout the United States, they pose an imminent threat to Tennessee residence, as they have the potential to destroy livestock and personal property.

A coyote found in the state of Tennessee often weighs between 20 – 40 pounds. Coyotes are known for their slender muzzle with a black nose, pointed ears, and bushy tail. The eyes are amber or yellow, with round pupils, and eyesight 6 times greater than humans.

Long, coarse fur covers its athletic body, which varies in color. Typical coloring ranges from white, tan, brown, grey, to reddish gray. A grey and black band runs down its back, distinguishing it from other similar animals.

Coyotes are typically omnivores, as they will eat vegetation and meat. They consume deer, squirrels, small rodents, rabbits, frogs, fish, snakes, fruit, and insects. They are nocturnal predators, but can also be seen during daylight hours.

The typical group of coyotes is comprised of a breeding pair, and their young. In the summer season, families are larger as parents, pups, and non-breeding adults reside in dens together. Coyotes breed in January to March, with the average litter size of 5-6 pups. The young pups are weaned at 5 – 7 weeks of birth.

Coyotes are extremely intelligent, and adapt well to most environments. They often inhabit farmlands, forests, fields, and urban locations. They are also great swimmers, but do not climb well. Both the male and female participate in raising the young. Males will hunt for food while females will protect their young.

Coyotes cause an extensive amount of damage. In the wild, they live an average of 14 years, and are known to kill domestic pets, livestock, and crops. In cities, they will consume garbage and pet food.

The population continues to grow, and poses a threat to residence throughout the state of Tennessee. If coyotes are affecting your Middle Tennessee farm or residence, give Ace Wildlife a call. We have the tools needed to humanely remove coyotes from your property, and safeguard you in the years to come.