Assuming that bigger coyotes is not
something we want to encourage, then certainly restricting their access
to human related food sources is a good thing. But we have been arguing
that for a long time, albeit it for a different reason.
has just occurred to me is that 'managing' their population may have the
same effect, by artificially reducing competition for their natural
food sources. Under normal circumstances their population, and perhaps
their size, is to some extent at least controlled by the availability of
food - the carrying capacity of their environment. But when we start
controlling their numbers by hunting and trapping, the prey:predator
ratio increases, so can we expect their health and size to increase too?
'Health of the herd' is often cited by hunters as a good reason to
hunt, so perhaps the answer is yes?
So, unless we want bigger
coyotes, this seems like just another reason to stop trying to manage
wildlife and let nature take its course. It probably knows best.