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Since many people form their opinions about the value of carnivore conservation programs based on accounts of human encounters with carnivores, it seems likely that negative interactions between humans and coyotes in northeastern North America would decrease public support for programs such as the reintroduction of wolves to the region. At the same time, coyotes are commonly, though not necessarily correctly, credited with lowering the density of the deer population in parts of the region. This perception also decreases public support for wolf reintroduction because it suggests that additional predators are unnecessary for controlling populations of prey species. Thus, while coyotes are by no means threatened with extinction, they do represent a significant conservation issue in northeastern North America.