Coyote Attacking Deer

Coyote Attacking Deer Leaves Residential Neighborhood in a Frenzy

A loud coyote attack wakes up a residential neighborhood during the night. What they discover in the morning is horrific.

Two coyotes attacking a whitetail deer woke up residents of a condo complex in Rochester Hills, Michigan, recently.

One family recounts the event of the coyotes circling a small patch of trees in the Michigan neighborhood.

And, when residents of the Crestwood Village Condominiums walked outside the following morning, the scene looked like something straight out of a CSI episode. Suburban areas are seeing more and more coyotes as the population increases.

The graphic video reveals the mauled deer lying outside near the sidewalk, just yards away from the condos.

Coyotes are opportunistic predators. They'll hunt deer, rabbits, small pets and sometimes even pick at roadkill. However, coyote attacks on humans are very uncommon. Research shows that about 50 percent of a coyote population is transient. In other words, these coyotes are constantly on the move. They follow road systems and rivers, among other terrain features, to travel from place to place. The female coyote, however, will often inhabit an area for and extended period of time to raise her pups.

Coyote sightings have increased as they continue to migrate west to east across North America. The wild dogs can now be found all over the United States. In fact, coyotes are becoming such a nuisance, several regions or states are holding coyote hunting competitions.

Coyote Research

Recent research out of South Carolina by wildlife biologists reveals that professional trappers that are constantly placing traps can control a coyote population, but not decrease it. Many deer hunters will shoot coyotes while whitetail hunting and believe just one or two harvested coyotes will increase fawn recruitment rates or help increase deer populations. However, research conducted over several years proves transient coyotes will come replace the void.

For more information on coyote-deer dynamics, you can find research by wildlife biologist John Kilgo, here.

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