All I can say is it must have been a hard winter for the deer in the NE section of the US. While scouting and looking for antler sheds my friend and I came across this set of coyote tracks. These tracks are the size of the palm of my hand! Studies show that 50-80% of the deer herd is consumed by coyotes even before the deer reach their first year of age. With the size of these tracks, I have no doubt that this dog could take a mature deer.
The Eastern Coyote is thriving in the NE because of its ability to reproduce and its size. While the average number in a litter is 6-12, there are recorded litters of up to 19 pups. Eastern coyotes are also much larger than the standard coyote with males exceeding 50 pounds in some situations.
My dad had the opportunity to harvest a coyote that was running a doe last rifle season. This encounter was in the mountains, and the dog was close to, if not over, 50lbs; it would have succeeded in running down this doe having tagged her already if it had not been for Dad.
So if you get the opportunity to harvest a coyote in a state where it is legal, do so to protect the deer herd. I hope that you enjoyed this article; please like and share on Facebook, follow on Google+, and subscribe on Youtube.
By Evan Grimm
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