This coyote pup was saved, after being left for dead with it's siblings.
The article told what percentage of what foods were in coyote diets in that area, in Illinois. They came up with:
43 percent small rodents;
22 percent white-tailed deer;
23 percent fruit;
18 percent eastern cottontail rabbit;
13 percent birds.
The presence of human-associated foods, like garbage, was rare, coming in at 2 percent, as was the presence of domestic cat, at 1 percent.
In woodsy, but populated area in both N. & S. California, cats are taken by coyotes regularly.
Where I grew up, you could, and still do, see coyotes walking down the street often, especially in the mornings, and after dark. We used to see single animals, but I understand now that they come in packs, and are very bold. They have actually become a danger, through sheer numbers and new attitude.
Here, the percentages are probably close, but I do know that aside from fruit proper, ours eat a huge amount of small manzanita berries. Their leavings are filled with the seeds during the summer. They definitely eat rodents, and anything else moving about that's small, such as bugs/grubs, etc. but their manzanita intake has got to be pretty high through the summer, with small rodents coming in neck and neck, followed by rabbits, some birds, and some deer meat. I don't think that ours get as much deer meat as they'd like, since they are competing with other impressive hunters, and scavengers. Animals that are bigger, stronger, or just in greater numbers.
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