Where I live they are mostly considered predator pests. I like to think of them as pest predators. They eat all sorts of rodents and other small mammals. Occasionally they eat small deer. Farmers/ranchers don't like them because they prey on goats, sheep and cows.
I like them because they are extremely intelligent. I can't very well blame them for being what they are, and they are very good at what they do. They live all around us -even in the cities. If you live in North America there is probably a coyote within a mile or few of where you are sitting right now.
It has no friends, it is shot on sight wherever it goes, yet it thrives in an unbelievable way. I read recently that in the US we kill about 400,000 coyotes per year, 80,000 of those are killed by the US Fish and Wildlife Dept. The rest are killed by everyone else. They have been hunted like this since the 1930's. Ranchers where I live will pay you to kill them ($20 per head). Yet in spite of this they are growing in population exponentially.
I consider it a treat to be able to observe them from time to time.
One of the most adaptive and successful mammals -ever.
The symbol of the race ought to be a human being carrying an ax, for every human being has one concealed about him somewhere, and is always seeking the opportunity to grind it.
- Mark Twain, a Biography
Last edited by Lipps; 10-13-2015 at 07:18 AM.
Reason: Edited for clarity