Figure 7. Coyote take of the cooperative animal damage control program in 1980.

Present status of coyotes

In 1990, 2,168 coyotes were taken from within the former coyote-free area and the predators further ingressed into the Edwards Plateau (Nunley 1990) (Fig. 8). In 1994, coyote activity within this area continued to increase as reflected by the take of 2,594 coyotes (Fig. 9). Also, in 1994 the cooperative program worked on 7,552,000 acres from within the former coyote-free area. This was a 64% increase over the acreage worked in 1984. There was a corresponding increase from 1.5 million to 2.2 million sheep and goats protected in 1984 versus 1993.