People who shoot coyotes as a means of controlling the population do not understand the dynamics of coyote 'culture'. They're not wolves. Wolves live in familial packs and the alpha pair do not allow the subordinates to breed. Thus, a wolf pack in an area stays relatively stable at n number of wolves.
Coyotes are not pack animals. The family breaks up in the fall. One time we were in Yellowstone National park and watched as a female coyote kept chasing her young daughter away. The youngster kept coming back, showing as submissive a posture as you'll ever see, and mum would attack her, driving her away. The youngster literally cut between those of us watching, I was as close to her as I am to this keyboard. She sat behind us and cried and cried, wondering 'what? was it something I said?"
The point being, when a coyote is shot, it is removed from the population, but if it is one of the dominant, adult pair of coyotes, so to speak, all that the shooter has accomplished is broken up the status quo. Meaning, now, instead of one breeding pair of coyotes, you have, potentially, six, if there were six pups in the family and they all find mates. Sort of like cutting a flatworm into pieces...from one flatworm you get six.
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