I believe fall gobbler understands what I am saying. He says how it is. As for raptors, many hawks migrate in the fall of the year, after they have killed many of the young of the year prey animals. Food can control predator numbers, but predators will leave an area when prey gets low, to find different food or a new area with more prey. I have never seen a predator starve to death. Coyotes also travel large areas, when they are not raising young pups. The more predators we have, the more they eat. Raptors are protected, and coyotes are hard to kill, and then we have all the other predators, prey animals have a hard time, when predator numbers are high. I also wonder if in some areas that have a lot of eagles, if the eagles cause the turkeys to stay more in the woods and avoid the fields. That could make it easier for the coyotes to ambush the birds, that stay in the woods. Just like with pheasants, turkeys use to be safe out in the middle of an open field, it was a good place to feed and out in the open it was hard for ground predators to sneak up on them with out being seen. When raptor numbers rose an open field is not safe place it use to be. And the furred predators have increased in numbers, like fisher, coyote, and bobcat.