They may not look like much, but coyotes can be accomplished predators. Working in groups, coyotes are among the top predators for deer where larger carnivores are absent. They may not be as strong as wolves or mountain lions, but coyotes are still taking a bite out of the deer population. It’s not just fawns either, a healthy coyote pack is more than capable of taking down an adult deer. Coyotes have a much different tactic when it comes to hunting deer. It is in fact very similar to persistence hunting—the coyotes endlessly harass a single deer, taking small bites out of the animal until it falls over from exhaustion. A successful hunt can take as long as 24 hours.
This hunter managed to find two coyotes hounding a group of whitetails. Luckily for the deer, the hunter was out looking for ‘yotes.