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Coyote, Canis latrans, Use of Commercial Sunflower, Helianthus spp., Seeds as a Food Source in Western Kansas

Marsha A. Sovada, David J. Telesco, and Christiane C. Roy


Abstract: Food habits of Coyotes (Canis latrans) were determined by analysis of scats collected in western Kansas in 1996. Mammals were the most frequently occurring food of Coyotes (100% of scats), followed by plants (39%), insects (30%) and birds (9%). Commercial sunflower (Helianthus spp.) seeds were found in 9 of 23 scats. When present, they composed a high volume of individual scats (Mean of X = 31%). Substantial use of commercial sunflower seeds as a food source by Coyotes has not been previously documented.

Key Words: Canis latrans, Coyote, food habits, sunflower seeds, western Kansas.


This resource is based on the following source (Northern Prairie Publication 1130):
Sovada, Marsha A., David J. Telesco, and Christiane C. Roy.  2000.  Coyote, 
     Canis latrans, use of commercial sunflower, Helianthus spp., seeds as a 
     food source in western Kansas.  Canadian Field-Naturalist 114(4):697-699.

This resource should be cited as:

Sovada, Marsha A., David J. Telesco, and Christiane C. Roy.  2000.  Coyote, 
     Canis latrans, use of commercial sunflower, Helianthus spp., seeds as a 
     food source in western Kansas.  Canadian Field-Naturalist 114(4):697-699.  
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/mammals/sflwruse/index.htm
     (Version 05DEC2001).

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Marsha A. Sovada and David J. Telesco, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711 37th Street SE, Jamestown, North Dakota 58401, USA
Christiane C. Roy, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Emporia, Kansas 66801, USA
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