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Coyotes: It’s a good rodent year, which means healthy, well-fed coyotes

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 6:20 am in coyotes.

Healthy juvenile coyote. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Gary:
I came up on a small puppy coyote out on its own, and a month later caught up with a juvenile looking song dog which I believe is the same dog. Good to see such a healthy coyote late in the summer when many look rough. His biggest predator will be vehicles on Marsh Creek Road and Camino Diablo.
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

Dave:
With lots of rain earlier this year, followed of course by all the grass and other vegetation, this has been a good rodent year. And as we all know, when we have lots of rodents … we also have a lot of healthy-looking (well fed) coyotes. Unfortunately, as you say, many will fall prey to predatory cars along the above-named roads. It’s a jungle out there. /Gary

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