Mention the word coyote, and individuals first think of the Old West. However, this animal is spreading across the country and has reached North Carolina. The population is still quite small, but it is expected to grow. Coyotes prey on rats and mice, but also feed on deer, rabbits, and even livestock. Environmentalists are concerned that the coyote will have an adverse effect on the newly started red wolf release program in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.