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Welcome to our blog exploring the intriguing presence of coyotes in Delaware! This adaptable species, a relatively recent addition to the state’s wildlife, has sparked both interest and concern among Delawareans. Our goal is to shed light on these intelligent canines, their habits, and the measures being taken to manage their population.

The Arrival of Coyotes in Delaware: For a long time, coyotes were absent from Delaware’s wildlife scene. It wasn’t until the mid-1900s that they began expanding their range across the United States. Delaware, becoming the 49th state to report their presence, has observed sightings in all three of its counties. This remarkable expansion speaks volumes about the adaptability and resilience of coyotes.


Habitat and Diet: Coyotes are not picky about their living environment. They have been spotted in various settings, from rural countryside to urban areas. Their diet is equally diverse, making them opportunistic feeders. They can shift from hunting small mammals and birds to scavenging, depending on the availability of food sources.

Managing Coyote Populations: As coyotes settle in Delaware, wildlife management has become crucial. The state has implemented hunting and trapping seasons to regulate their numbers. Additionally, monitoring efforts such as tracking sightings and harvests are vital for understanding and managing their impact on local ecosystems and communities.

Coyote Safety Tips: While coyotes generally avoid human contact, it’s essential to be aware of how to coexist safely with them. Tips include securing garbage cans, keeping pets indoors or supervised, and avoiding feeding coyotes to prevent them from becoming habituated to human presence.

Conclusion: Coyotes in Delaware present a unique opportunity to observe and learn about wildlife adaptation and coexistence. As we continue to monitor and study their patterns, we encourage the community to stay informed and engaged in responsible wildlife practices. For more detailed information, check out the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) on coyotes here.

Remember, understanding and respect for wildlife are key to harmonious coexistence. Stay tuned for more updates and insights on Delaware’s fascinating wildlife!