Encountering Coyotes: Coyote Interactions
Can We Remove Coyotes From Cities?
State wildlife laws prohibit the relocation of coyotes. Relocating coyotes does not work—being left in an unfamiliar place without their family often leads a coyote to roam, get into trouble, or even be killed by a car.
If a coyote has become so habituated that it's a threat to the community, the coyote must be killed (lethally removed). While lethal removal is effective in eliminating troublesome individuals, it does not necessarily help reduce local populations.
Despite widespread efforts to reduce coyote numbers, coyotes have managed to survive and thrive among human populations. Killing coyotes disrupts population structure, and may cause more coyotes to breed and have larger litters. Coyotes can also quickly fill into vacated habitat from adjacent areas.
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