Cats are rare where coyotes roam

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Hunting and Deer Vigilance


By Stephanie Schuttler

Over the past century, the Eastern United States has seen their forests regrow, their large predators disappear, and their white-tailed deer become more numerous than ever. Humans hunt deer in some places during some parts of the year, but regulations to protect the herd have, so far, limited the ability of humans to reduce their numbers. More recently, a new potential predator for deer has moved in, the coyote. Coyotes kill deer, particularly fawns, but is difficult to distinguish between the active predation of adult deer from passive feeding on…

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