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Coyotes on the Move:
Changes in Distribution of Coyotes and Red Fox in North Dakota


Coyotes are moving eastward in North Dakota and displacing fox in their wake. This observation, held in common by individuals who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, has been consistent for a number of years.

What is the reason for this expansion, and how has it affected the density and relative distribution of coyotes and fox? We have survey data that will help us better understand how these animals are distributed throughout the state. Perhaps we can also shed some light on why this movement is occurring and some potential effects on the animals involved.

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