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Coyote encounter at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Gilbert, AZ

SONY ILCE-1, f/6.3, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1,600

Coyotes (Canis latrans) play a vital role in Arizona’s diverse ecosystems, adapting seamlessly to the state’s arid and varied landscapes. Commonly found throughout the region, these highly adaptable canids are known for their intelligence and resourcefulness. In Arizona, coyotes thrive in a range of environments, from deserts and grasslands to urban areas.

Their diet is incredibly diverse, encompassing small mammals, birds, insects, mesquite seeds, and even fruits. Coyotes are essential for maintaining ecological balance by controlling rodent populations and influencing the distribution of other species. Despite their adaptability and ecological significance, conflicts sometimes arise between coyotes and humans, particularly in urban settings where they may scavenge for food. Coexistence strategies, such as securing garbage and avoiding intentional feeding, are essential for fostering a harmonious relationship between Arizonans and these resilient canids.

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