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Almost anything! Coyotes are opportunistic and eat what is most available at a given time or place within their range of tastes and can change over time. Coyote diets in the Adirondacks in the 1950s were dominated by snowshoe hares and a variety of smaller animals; they also included significant amounts of insects and berries in late summer and early fall. For the past 30 years deer have dominated winter diets (80-90%); spring and summer diets consisted mostly of deer (50-60%) with lesser amounts of beaver, snowshoe hare and insects and berries in late summer. Diets in the 1970s in central New York included only a small percent of deer and were dominated by rabbits, woodchucks, small mammals and fruit. Many recent anecdotal reports suggest deer may now comprise more of the diet than previously.

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