Some people are concerned that coyotes are killing deer fawns. Lets talk about that.
There is an urban legend, or myth, (a rumour) that is being perpetuated in certain circles about a trail camera that was set up at a coyote den that shows "40 dead fawns in a week killed and brought to the pups. Fawn heads everywhere". Like many myths, this one is most likely untrue, and just a tale to get you to think coyotes are bad. Lets start by asking for legitimate, dated photos. Then of course they will need to be authenticated- perhaps a trail camera that actually shows a coyote (not a human) bringing healthy, live caught (not scavanged) fawns to a real den of pups. Mysteriously when asked for photos the answer is always "someoone else has them". No such photos really exist. Of course some people are gullible and will believe this and pass the rumor along - and of course the more a story is told, the grander it gets.
Fawns have a natural mechanism to avoid predation by coyotes. They lay very still and don't move. When a predator (i.e. human, coyote or bear) comes close, they lay very still and don't get up and run. Since predators are attracted by movement (picture your family cat here), unless the fawn is moving he will most likely go unnoticed. Of course, an ill-informed human is likely to pick up the fawn, believing it is "abandoned by its mother", bring it home, let the kids and dog play with it , give it cows milk, and of course as a result the fawn will probably die. However, a coyote or bear will likely just walk by and leave it alone.
When a fawn loses its mother (usually hit by a car), when it gets hungry, it may walk around bleating. This of course will attract a predator and the fawn will be taken. It was going to die anyway, at least it became part of the food chain and was used to feed and sustain life for others.
Deer often have twins and triplets. Rarely do all the triplets survive. At least one, sometimes two or all three will be very small and unthrifty and will die. These fawns will become food for other animals. That is natures way.
Different viruses or bacterial infections will often go through a population, deer are no exception. Some years illness will claim a lot of fawns. These fawns will become food for predators. Coyotes and bears will take some of these fawns. In suburban areas where deer are a problem, the loss of fawns can be a good thing as it slows the growth of the deer population. Coyotes and bears themselves however can not control the deer population.
Some deer hunters who don't like coyotes think it is a terrible thing if a coyote kills a fawn - yet they don't hesitate to pull the trigger themselves that very fall on the same fawn. A better understanding of the circle of life and predator/prey relationships is needed here. It isn't the "Bad predators against the good prey". It is nature as God intended it to work. It is Biology and Conservation in action.
Predators keep prey populations in check and weed out the weak. Man however, takes the strong (Big Buck contests). Who is wrong here? Shouldn't hunters also be taking the small and the weak so that the strong can pass on their genese and produce more viable young? Imagine how glorious and big bucks would be if man didn't keep killing the big ones, but rather allowed them to live for many years passing along those superior genetics!