We studied the food habits of the coyote (Canis latrans) in a tropical deciduous forest along the Mexican Pacific coast during 1996 and 1997. Small mammals, chiefly the Jaliscan cotton rat (Sigmodon mascotensis), were the main prey items during the dry season. Cultivated fruits, like mango and papaya, were the most important food for coyotes during the wet season. Given the importance in our study area of human related food items like the Jaliscan cotton rat, mango and papaya, we expect the expansion of coyote populations due to deforestation of the tropical deciduous forest.
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