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Whitetail deer predators: Coyote tops the list

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Coyote photo by Carl R. Sams II.

For those of you interested in whitetail deer management, the coyote tops the list of whitetail deer predators. This is according to Paul Smith, the Outdoors Editor for the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, in his excellent article, ”Coyotes lead way in deer deaths“.

This preliminary data is from a study in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Coyotes in the study area were responsible for 13 fawn mortalities, followed by bobcat (9), unknown predator (5), abandonment (4), unknown agent (3), black bear (2), vehicle collision (2), wolf (2) and bald eagle (1).

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