Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Biology (B.S.B.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Michelle Cawthorn


The main purpose of this research was to determine the efficacy of two different scent lures in attracting Canis latrans, more commonly known as coyotes. To do this, a camera trapping method was used and paired with scent lures. These methods allowed the coyote population of the area to be analyzed, as well as establish the type of scent lure that was more likely to attract coyotes. Coyotes are notorious for evading camera traps due to their wariness of occupying areas where humans are or have been present (Sequin, et al., 2003). To reduce this impact, gloves were used to help mask the human scent in the area. The scent lures used for this research were coyote urine and a fish emollient. Past research suggests that the use of lures would result in little, to no evidence of coyotes (Rocha, et al., 2016); however, the prediction was that the fish emollient scent lure will attract more coyotes in open areas. This prediction was found to be partially correct, as coyotes were more likely to be captured at the coyote urine scent lure in open areas.