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Are Coyotes Pack Animals?
While homeowners rarely spot them in groups near houses, coyotes are pack animals because they can travel and hunt together. Family relationships and age often determine if a coyote hunts alone or with a group.
Do Coyotes Hunt in Packs Near Homes?
Sometimes coyotes do hunt in packs around houses when they have a den nearby. When the animals travel in groups, it is usually because they are related. A male and female coyote make a den to raise their young, hunting alone or in pairs in the meantime. As the pups get older, these family units typically move and search for prey together for about 12 months.
Do Coyotes Travel in Packs For Long Distances?
While together in a group, the animals have a smaller range. A single coyote can roam farther. When coyotes do travel in packs, they have a home range of 2 to 10 miles. Once young pups are about a year old, they disperse to new areas about 30 to 50 miles from the family group.
Problems with Packs of Coyotes
Because some coyotes travel in packs, removing them may be difficult. Female coyotes areprotective of their offspring and territorial near their dens. Packs also cause more damage when hunting together. In addition, these groups make it hard for outdoor pets to defend themselves when faced with an attack.
Coyote Prevention and Removal
Residents can keep coyote packs away from their homes by using locking lids on garbage cans and feeding pets inside. Cleaning up food scraps around barbeque grills is important as well. The wildlife experts at Trutech have the tools to exclude and remove coyotes if problems become serious.