An increased number of prey species because of a wet spring means more predators. And a bumper crop of coyotes across the Lone Star State.

“This has been a good year for coyotes. A lot of coyote pups were born. A lot of coyote pups survived,” said Mike Bodenchuk, Texas Wildlife Services state director. “And we’re seeing rabbits for the first time in maybe a decade, and that’s going to increase the number of coyotes that are out there.”

It could lead to problems with Texas agriculture, particularly for sheep, goat and cattle ranchers.

“There’s going to be a ready reservoir of nuisance wildlife available, and that requires constant management,” Bodenchuk said.

Listen to Bodenchuk’s full interview with Gary Joiner on the TFB Radio Network: