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- Overview -The coyote (Canis latrans) is native west of the Mississippi River, but has recently become common throughout the state of North Carolina - even in urban areas. The historic habitat of this species is generally harsh deserts and prairies. The eastward range expansion of the adaptable coyote is due primarily to human-induced factors, including the elimination of native red wolves (a coyote competitor) and the clearing of eastern forests for agriculture and other uses. The illegal release of coyotes in North Carolina for sport hunting also resulted in the establishment localized populations (Hill, et al. 1987). The first coyote was documented in North Carolina in 1938, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s and 1990’s, that coyotes successfully established themselves in counties throughout the state.
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