We started placing our cameras in the woods for year-round monitoring a few years ago and it has really helped us to figure out the herd dynamics. Unfortunately we had our first visual casualty in front of the camera. We're contemplating a trapping program this fall. The old farmers used to run the yotes with dogs and they really kept them in check. That practice has gone by the wayside over the years and now that we have cameras out year-round we have really noticed that the fawn production is down. I do have quite a few pictures of fawns on my cameras, but many of the does are still carrying.
Do you notice the big belly on this yote? I really hope its just a female about to have pups (and not a belly full of more fawn)! Thought you would enjoy the picture, even if it is not the best quality. The Bushnell TC normally takes outstanding photos, but this one was affected by the bright midday sunlight.--Andy Yost, a.k.a. Licking Branch
So how many newborn fawns do coyotes eat? Plenty. Studies have shown that in areas with high yote populations fawn predation can be 70% (though it's not that high in most places). Will killing more coyotes make a difference? Maybe, maybe not. Some biologists point out that even in areas with intense predator control, fawn survival may be only 50%.
Still, it's only commonsense to shoot/trap coyotes and control their numbers.
Thanks Andy for the amazing cam picture, what a raw occurrence in nature. comment