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#5822 - 01/11/02 10:22 AM Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
Savage Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/30/01
Posts: 33
I shot and skinned a coyote yesterday, but left the carcass in the woods. Will other coyotes eat it or leave it? What do you guys generally do with the carcasses?

#5823 - 01/11/02 10:28 AM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
RANGER Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 150
Loc: Edgewood, NM USA
Feed the other coyotes with them.

#5824 - 01/11/02 12:10 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
Encore Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/02/01
Posts: 1441
Loc: VooDoo, DooDoo
Just like in real life, coyotes only eat each other in the movies.

#5825 - 01/11/02 03:15 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
Locohead Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/14/02
Posts: 312
There is this fur guy out on the Eastern plains that I usually take the coyotes to. He skins them and tans them for me. He has this giant carcass pile out on one of his pieces of land. The coyotes never even touch it, just the birds do. But when one of his cows die, look out man, coyote smorgasbord.

#5826 - 01/11/02 09:54 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
jerry malbeck Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 1969
Loc: northwest
yes they will eat each other . i have seen it many times .

#5827 - 01/12/02 05:55 AM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
Curt Barrett Offline
PM senior

Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 5144
Loc: Pacific Northwest
Yes, sometimes they do. I notice it mainly in the late summer.

#5828 - 01/13/02 11:35 AM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??

Hard to believe, but coyotes will eat dead coyotes. Protein is protein.

At night, I have had coyotes drag off a dead one, while continuing the stand. Never seen it in the daytime, but I have had them steal foxes, and get away with it.

I have also gone to great lengths to keep vultures and ravens away from a carcass, out of curiosity. Sometimes, you can return months later, and they haven't been touched. I have returned the next day and seen no evidence that it was even there. Other times, I have deliberately left one in the middle of a two track, to save time, intending to retrieve in when I turned around, as on a dead end road to a mine site. At night, no chance that I would not see another vehicle coming up that same road, and a very small chance that there would even BE another vehicle. Guess what? Sometimes they are gone. Birds don't know that trick.

I'm pretty well convinced that a coyote is a cannibal.

Good hunting. LB

#5829 - 01/13/02 01:07 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??

Just this Fall...

Coyote 1 showed up at the one-minute mark and took the hit a little farther back than intended (IE Visceral Cavity was more than "just exposed") but expired as intended.

Coyote 2 showed up ~8 minutes later walked over to Coyote 1. Scanned the area and then started "snacking away" on the visceral components both on the ground and attached. Will never know if coyote 2 "knew" he was eating coyote 1, can only speculate...

Have left skinned carcasses in coyote-rich habitat to find them "mummy-like" a month later... even the eye material remained (though dried up) So even the birds werent interested that time...

Have returned to the scene of disposed carcasses to find proximate Coyote droppings as well (such as a those found at a cow being fed on)

"Happiness... is a Target-Rich Environment"

#5830 - 01/13/02 09:23 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
Cast-N-Blast Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/25/01
Posts: 172
Loc: Green Valley,CA,USA
Yes, They will kill and eat the weak and old. Also I saw a "pack" kill a loner and gut him. I have never found were anything has eaten a coyote carcass from one I have skinned

#5831 - 01/13/02 09:50 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??

I have had something eat a coyote that I HAVE skinned. I would have to guess that it was coyotes because there was absolutely nothing left and it was only after a week in frozen February weather. Even the ribs where chewed clean.


#5832 - 02/09/03 01:02 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
paul hunter Offline
New Member

Registered: 01/30/03
Posts: 4
Loc: colorado
i skined a yote and left the carcess in az once.24 hrs later it was
gone but the bones.i dont think it was quail or rabbits that ate it.
so yes i would bet my favorite rifle that yotes eat dead yotes
almost as often as they find them.espically if they are having
a slow weak finding food.

#5833 - 02/09/03 04:49 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
Destroyer Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/24/02
Posts: 262
Loc: Sierra Vista, AZ
I think it all depends on how hungry they are. Here in Az they are pretty hungry and damn near starving I guess, I have shot multiple coyotes left the bodys after skinning them and go back the next day all that is left is the bones but I also left coyotes out their and nothing touches them for weeks. This one time I shot a coyote on this ranchers land. After I skinned it I left it on the side of the road. I talked to the rancher a little while later and he said he must have some crazy animal on his land, because he found the remains of a coyote but the part that scared the sh#t out of him was their was still fur on all the legs of the coyote and it was all the same length on every leg. After I stopped laughing I told him I just shot that coyote the other day and skinned it. He was really relieved.

#5834 - 02/09/03 05:20 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
tonlocus Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 2035
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Hey Destroyer,
Where are all these starving coyotes you're talkin about? I'll take 3 please .
Tony "Those that would trade a little liberty for a little security deserve neither." Ben Franklin

#5835 - 02/09/03 06:19 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
Todd Woodall Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/07/03
Posts: 1209
Loc: Sunset, America
I am of the oppinion that coyotes oprotunist's(sp)
Last June I found a den and almost every piece of scat around was solely grasshoppers. I'm sure if there was anything dead including a coyote they would have eaten it.

#5836 - 02/09/03 11:32 PM Re: Will Coyotes eat another Coyote??
ninehorses Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/18/01
Posts: 2203
Loc: Mason,Tx,U.S.A.
Around here what the coyotes dont eat the wild hogs will
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