Establishing coyote territories and the effects of human impact

Examine the territories of the coyotes in the Visualization Tool. Do you think there are physical boundaries that define their territory? Do you think there are social boundaries (interactions with other coyotes or humans) that define the territories? Why might a coyote use a smaller or larger territory than a coyote in a different area? How do coyotes identify their territories or recognize territories of other coyotes? Do coyotes defend their territory?

If a new road is planned that will bisect one of the coyote territories, how do you think this will impact the coyotes? 


HS-LS2-6 (High School)

Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. 

MS-LS2-1 (Middle School)

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-2 (Middle School)

Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-LS2-4 (Middle School)

Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.