…uncovered. Something researchers attribute to their remarkable adaptability. Also, with the exception of a pair of coyotes with their pups packs are quite rare. Like the guy points out a biologist told him that the deer are rarely eaten by the dogs. …in the open. In doing so, they may become much leaner. Wolves are adept at hunting and killing deer, while the smaller coyotes are strong at seeking and eating fawns. Coyotes don’t cache their leftover food. That is why I prefer meat scraps from carcasses of livestock. They primarily eat small mammals, such as voles, prairie dogs, eastern cottontails, ground squirrels, and mice, though they will eat birds, snakes, lizards, deer, javelina, and livestock, as well as large insects and other large invertebrates. The coyote also consumes carrion. According to Will Staats, a New Hampshire Fish and Game regional wildlife biologist, most deer consumed in the winter by eastern coyotes are winterkill or roadkill. One was fine, and we found him dead where he'd bedded. Coyotes will not wander far from a dead deer they are eating. All buzzard experts agree, however, that a wake (yep, that’s the proper term for a group feeding together) of desperately hungry buzzards will eat anything that’s dead. Although deer will eat apples, carrots, cabbage, etc., their use is not recommended. As a general, coyotes are timid and confine themselves to rural and forested areas, although they can also survive in urban and other populated areas. We seem to find several deer killed by coyotes along fencelines, as if coyotes trap the deer against the fence or run the deer into the fence and kill it by injury. Despite the factors against them, coyotes have continued to thrive. We have much in common. The other one was pushed by coyotes in the night and made his last stand way up in the hills. Fruit & Vegetables. Wolves and coyotes share the same areas in some parts of the United States, which can wreak havoc on deer and other big game populations. Research shows coyotes can travel up to seven miles in a day to a food site and wolves up to 25 miles to a single feeding source. In our high-coyote deer spot, we've only had to leave two overnight due to questionable shots. Had we pushed him out, we may never have found him. The 1-2 punch can be brutal on whitetails. …eaten starting at the hind end. The coyote is one of the most common and adaptable animals in North America. In the northeast, coyotes are fatter during winter, when deer are easier to capture, than in late summer. Some buzzard observers claim that buzzards would rather eat herbivores (such as deer, horses, cattle and sheep) than carnivores or omnivores, though evidence is anecdotal. As can be seen, feeding is not just a matter of throwing a … …messy. 5. Depending on the circumstances, coyotes can live alone or in mated pairs, they can hunt at night or in broad daylight, and they can survive on a diet of living or dead animals, insects, or even fruit. In fact they will eat it all including the hide and the bones. Coyotes are opportunistic, versatile carnivores with a 90% mammalian diet, depending on the season. They are like candy to a child… tasty but of little value in providing a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Wherever or whenever prey is unavailable or hard to obtain, coyotes eat large quantities of wild berries and fruits. Leftover deer carcasses and road kill are excellent canine baits, though many states do not allow for the use of wildlife parts. That’s a cat behavior. Deer are definitely a food item and exactly how many deer coyotes eat is always a topic of discussion for deer hunters. We eat what we can, when we can. As fall tips towards winter and the night grows quiet, I reflect on coyote and me.