October 14, 2019

Once Too Many Deer Has Become Too Few and More Coyotes

I am still reminded of Dr. Valerius Geist’s comments he made 21-years ago, in 1994, while attending the annual Southeast Deer Study Group meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia. They told him their problem was, “…dealing with too large populations of whitetail deer.”

Geist responded to them by saying, “Enjoy your problem while it lasts, because the coyote is coming. Once he’s here, you’ll miss your deer problems.”

Historically, coyotes were not part of the ecosystem in the Carolinas. Before 1985, only five of North Carolina’s 100 counties had coyotes. Today, every county in both counties has a thriving population of coyotes, with declines in deer populations reported. According to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the state’s deer population has declined by 30 percent since 2002, and much of it is attributed to the coyote invasion.

Source: Turn up the heat on coyotes now – North Carolina Sportsman

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