Pennsylvania Coyote Population:
Are there coyotes in Pennsylvania? You bet there are! And lots of them. There are coyotes in virtually every county in the state of Pennsylvania. Coyotes in the state are living just about everywhere and they are right under our noses. Coyotes have adapted so well to the human element, that are actually living right in our back yards. Believe it or not. But it is true as I am sure that the Pa. Game Commission would also confirm. Fortunatly for us and our children, these animals are extremely docile and shy away from any and all human activity whatsoever. I have seen 3 in the wild, but have never seen one in an urban setting. They are certainly beautifull animals to say the least. I think they resemble large German Shephards, but have a much more color diversification. Coyotes fur has a wide range of colors including but not limited to blonde, brown, black, red, orange, and gray fur. Only when one is standing in the sun light can one appreciate the true beauty of these animals. One time when turkey hunting with my young son Josh. A coyote walked up to us about 20′ away. My son was so pumped to see a coyote, he said “how cool is that dad!”. We could have certainly harvested the animal at 20′ but much rather absorbed the beauty of this magnificent animal and got much more enjoyment watching him walk off. 20 years ago I would probably have taken him. I have changed alot over the years.
Hunting Pennsylvania Coyotes:
There is no closed season for coyotes in the state of Pennsylvania, meaning they can be hunted year round. I guess that says alot about the abundance of these animals in our state. Pennsylvania Game commission estimate the total harvest of coyotes being harvested at about 40,000 annually. Considering the total population in 2003 was only considered to be at about 25,000 to 30,000, one can see that the coyote population has exploded in the last 14 years! At that time the harvest rate was thought to be at about 11,000 annually. Quite an increase! This year the Clearfield County based Mosquito Creek Sportsmans’ Association hosted one of the states largest coyote hunt on Feb. 17-19. Last year 1st place went to a 15 year old 10th grader. He walked away with $13,185 for a 46.5-pound animal. Second place was $4,983 for a 45.5-pound shot in Sullivan County, and third place was $3,322 for a 44.5-pound, shot in Centre County. See more on Mosquito Creek Sportmans’ Association annual coyote hunts here.
Pennsylvania Game Commision Hunting Regulations: