Pet Owners Warned about Increase in Coyotes

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 8, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Pet owners in the Kanawha Valley are being warned about a potential predator — coyotes.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resource officials say more coyotes are moving into the region, partly because they have no natural predators. Coyotes are considered a natural part of the state’s ecosystem.

DNR officials recommend for people to bring in their small pets and not to leave any food outside.

According to additional information on the DNR’s website, coyotes can weigh up to 45 pounds and live in every state of the continental United States. Coyotes are extremely adaptable. Their numbers may me more now than during colonial times.

The primary wildlife species that the coyote prey upon are white-tailed deer and small mammals such as rats and mice. Their diet also consists of rabbits, groundhogs, ruffed grouse, turkeys, chipmunks,
squirrels, muskrats, fruits, berries, carrion — even the occasional house cat.

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