Monitoring Efforts Aimed at Reducing Human-Coyote Conflicts

A UF IFAS team is monitoring coyotes’ movements in the pine flatwoods of North Florida and on rangeland in Central Florida to better understand how they use the land and prey on other animals. The coyotes are tracked with GPS technology, and each one is also fitted with an accelerometer to measure head movement.

The results will help scientists make data-based recommendations on how to manage coyotes and their habitats. “Knowing where potential prey, like deer and turkey, live, and knowing where and when coyotes are hunting and searching for prey allows us to better predict potential predation events and conflict,” says researcher Hance Ellington.

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