How We Win with Coyotes

We all know that each animal or species has a role to play in the environment. Some play a major role, like beavers (Castor canadensis) for example, in shaping the ecosystem, while others fulfill a minor role. Where, in the grand scheme of things, do coyotes (Canis latrans) fall and how do they benefit people?

Coyotes have a positive influence on the environment by preserving biodiversity. They accomplish this by preventing the overpopulation of smaller mammals and mesocarnivores like red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and raccoons (Procyon lotor). By having fewer foxes, for example, coyotes are ensuring healthier populations of ducks, songbirds, and grouse — just to name a few! Coyote predation has also be found to deter the spread of a variety of different diseases.

An estimated 300,000 people a year in the United States alone are infected with Lyme disease. This disease is spread from wild rodents, to the ticks that feed on them. Ticks then feed on deer and multiply. By keeping the deer population in check, coyotes help reduce the likelihood of an explosion in the number of ticks in an area. People can directly benefit from this. With fewer ticks to transmit Lyme disease, the less likely it will be for you or I to contract the disease.

Denise Peterson

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