What Is a Coyote's Niche?

An animal's niche refers to its place in its ecological food chain, and a coyote's niche is at the top of the food chain as it does not have many, if any, predators. The coyote is a ferocious predator that preys on many animals leading to a reduction of animal populations of small carnivore creatures such as white-tailed deer and red fox.

In some areas of the United States, the coyote populations have grown to the point where the coyotes are limiting natural populations in an unhealthy way as the coyote populations are growing too large for the areas where they live. Coyotes are starting to appear in urban areas as they are stealthy when it comes to acquiring new foods.