Stateline Woods Preserve Visitor

Stateline Woods Preserve Visitor

As you may know, Stateline Woods was recently closed for deer hunting.  During this time, our hunters made an observation that lead them to believe that there were coyotes on the property.   Since that time, we have confirmation through trail cameras that there are indeed coyotes spending some time at Stateline Woods Preserve.  We want to make sure that you are aware but not alarmed by this fact.

Eastern Coyotes are a popular topic of discussion and they typically get a fairly unforgiving light shone upon them.  Eastern coyotes typically weigh 30 to 50 pounds and they are 48 to 60 inches long.  Territories of coyotes range from 5 to 25 square miles and the territories are shared by a mated pair and their offspring.   Coyotes breeding season is January to March and they are quite vocal during this time.

Coyotes are a natural and important part of our ecosystem (the rumors that they were introduced by the game commission or insurance companies are false) and it is worth learning more about them and their habits.  Coyotes have a wide ranging diet and are advantageous eaters.  Open trash containers are easy pickings for food sources, as are small pets.  It is important to lock up your pets in the evening.   Coyotes have been in Chester County for a number of years, and potentially have been in the Stateline Woods area for quite some time.

As a species, coyotes have been very adaptable in increasingly urban settings but with proper precautions, we can coexist with this predator quite nicely.   We want to make sure you are armed with information, but also know that coyotes are not cause for alarm.  Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions regarding coyotes at Stateline Woods Preserve at 610-347-0347 ext. 103 or stewardship@tlcforscc.org

Thank you to Dan Mummert, Wildlife Biologist from the PA State Game Commission for the wonderful information!  

2 Comments on “Stateline Woods Preserve Visitor

  1. Thirty pounds is quite small. I have seen (what I thought was) a fox several times at Stateline. It appears to be larger than 30 pounds and very healthy. It is reddish in color. I would think a coyote would not have this reddish color. What do you think?

    • While you think of the reddish coat being associated with a fox, a coyote’s coat can appear reddish in color as well.
      A few tips to help you distinguish between the two are:
      -A fox has a white tip at the end of their tail, and the backs of their ears appear black.
      -A coyote’s legs are proportionally longer than that of a fox so they appear taller.
      -When running, a coyote will hold their tail in a downward drooping position but a fox will hold their tail straight out with the tip almost level with the spine.
      -Thirty pounds is the low end of the weight of the coyote, and on the high end of the weight of a fox.

      If you happen to spot it near a muddy spot, check the tracks. Fox tracks will show hair between their pads and a coyote will not. The hair does not show up in snow as well as it does in mud. Another feature of the tracks is that if the nail marks show, the coyote nail marks and pads will appear very uniform and close together.

      Let us know your verdict. If you have any additional questions, we would be happy to answer them by email as well: stewardship@tlcforscc.org.