AS SO MANY OF THE COYOTE BIOLOGISTS THAT RESPONDED TO MY QUESTION THIS WEEK ABOUT THE ABILITY OF EASTERN COYOTES(COYWOLVES) TO BE A TRUE TROPHIC PREDATOR OF MOOSE REVEALED.........
"MOOSE CALVES ARE VULNERABLE TO PREDATION(BEARS/COYOTES...............CURIOUS ABOUT COUGARS????) ONLY UP TO THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS"..........................
On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 8:46 PM, red dhole
I enjoy reading your blog and noticed your recent posts on possible eastern coyote predation on moose. I have a thesis from New Brunswick, Canada that addresses this issue. Basically, they found lots of scats with moose and inferred that coyotes may have killed some moose (at least calves) in deep snow or during calving time in spring. The coyote-moose predation paper starts on page 57 in the attached pdf. I got this paper off the Canadian library's website awhile ago, so I imagine it is still publicly available.
Another study (Journal of Wildlife Management 74(1):P 3–11) found high amounts of moose in coyote scats, and they mentioned 7 calves potentially were killed by coyotes. Here is the relevant extract:
Only the 7 calf
carcasses could have been killed by coyotes because moose
calves are vulnerable to coyote predation only up to 6
months of age (Wolfe 1974, Creˆte and Desrosiers 1995).
Hope this helps.