Coyotes have become the top predator throughout most of the Northern Forest in the past few decades. Given that coyotes compete with and are a predator of many other species, their potential to exert strong top-down influences on natural community structure is great. Coyotes are known to limit populations of smaller carnivores, like red fox, and to hunt white-tailed deer – either of which may have cascading effects on the food chain that influence the Northern Forest ecosystem.
In this webinar, Dr. Frair will provide an overview of research conducted on coyotes within NY State that includes: 1) a long-term study of the evolving coyote diet within the Adirondack Park, 2) a contemporary comparison of coyote diets with the suite of other carnivores in the region, 3) a study of coyote kill rates on adult and white-tailed deer, 4) estimates of coyote density in the region, and 5) comparisons of Northern Forest coyotes against neighboring populations in the southern tier of NY and Canada.
Work was conducted in the central Adirondack region of New York, and, added to a growing body of information on coyotes elsewhere in New York, helped to provide a comprehensive picture of the ecological niche of the coyote, its niche in the Northern Forest, and its implications for biodiversity.