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Coyote, Canis latrans, use of commercial sunflower, Helianthus spp., Seeds as a food source in western Kansas

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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 (X= 31%). Substantial use of commercial sunflower seeds as a food source by Coyotes has not been previously documented.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Coyote, Canis latrans, use of commercial sunflower, Helianthus spp., Seeds as a food source in western Kansas
Series title:
Canadian Field-Naturalist
Volume:
114
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
Canadian Field-Naturalist
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
3 p.
First page:
697
Last page:
699