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Coyote Population Holding Strong in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The coyote population is holding steady in Missouri, which means the animals are doing well.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The coyote population is holding steady in Missouri, which means the animals are doing well.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation there are more reports of coyotes in urban areas than rural but conservationists say we should not fear them.

Wildlife experts also say the reason coyotes are doing so well is because they are very smart, adaptable animals that are also good hunters.

"Last year we had the largest coyote harvest we have had in 25 years, I mean you’ll see them around and hear them and especially this time of year because they’re getting into mating season they go where the food is. They are opportunistic predators and if the search leads them into urban environments, they’ll go there," Francis Skalisky of the Missouri Conversation Department says.

Precautions to take if you are worried about coyotes in your area would be to make sure your poultry is in secure fencing and that you are vigilant about keeping your pets out of harms way.

Trapping season for coyotes goes through January 31st.

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