A good friend and neighbor , John Merriman wrote this piece and is kindly allowing me to reprint it on my blog.
It was mentioned that "coyotes have no known predator, except man" What predator species does have a predator? Predators prey on prey, not other predators. Predators are regulated by the availability of food. The deer population is controlled by availability of food too. Has an artificially and unnaturally high population of whitetails in the hunting areas raised the browseline so high that now deer must migrate into the suburbs (where there is limited hunting) to browse on gardens, christmas tree farms and suburban trees and grasses? Have they had to come into farmers fields for food, and those farmers obtained nuisance permits to kill them?
Coyotes are mousers. They are a farmers best friend as they prey on rodents and woodchucks and rabbits, not cattle and horses. How many farmers do you know that would love to have the woodchucks gone? Hire a coyote.
Have we bred a lazier hunter through instant gratification in other areas of our lives, where patience and time are limited? How many hunters actually have the time to spend out scouting, sighting in their guns, sitting for hours in a tree stand? Not if you have a full time job and a family these days. Life is faster in 2006 than it was in 1980, 1970, 1960 and so forth. How many of the "no deer" complainers have spent the time to really hunt their deer - sitting in the same tree stand year after year, do these guy's realize that deer move to find new food sources? Have their woods changed over time with natural succession and are their stands really where there are deer anymore?