Appearance of Coyote Droppings

Since coyotes are usually elusive, the presence of their droppings is often the first evidence that an infestation is nearby. As they grow accustomed to an area, the pests can become emboldened and increasingly bothersome to humans and pets. This makes early identification an important part of controlling populations. Knowing what coyote droppings look like can prevent in-person clashes later on by giving residents time to prepare.

Identifying Coyote Scat

Coyote droppings, also called scat, can vary in size and composition. Generally, their feces are several inches long, the diameter of a cigar, and tapered at the end. As coyotes eat small animals, birds, and insects, excrement will contain bits of bone, feathers, fur, and insect exoskeletons. Scat color typically ranges from dark black to gray, depending on the pest’s diet. Poop produced on a meat diet is runny and black, while a fruit diet leads to crumbly stool. Furthermore, coyote droppings turn light gray color when bleached by the sun.

Problems & Removal

The behavior pattern of coyotes that live in areas populated by people is remarkably consistent. If their presence is not challenged, they eventually begin coming out in the daytime, attacking leashed pets, stalking children’s play areas, and engaging with adults. Clearly this is not acceptable, and points to the importance of coyote droppings identification. By getting an early warning, residents can take appropriate steps to limit and control coyote populations. The wildlife professionals at Trutech have the necessary experience to put fears at ease and keep coyotes in their place.