Coyotes and Persimmons
As persimmon fruits (Diospyros virginians) begin to ripen in Georgia in September, their seeds start to commonly appear in coyote scat. Despite the fact that these trees might be few and far between across the landscape, coyotes apparently seek them out and make these fruits a staple of their autumn diet.
Ripe persimmons have a pleasant taste to us, but unripe persimmons are loaded with tannins, which makes them highly astringent and bitter as the tannins bind to natural proteins in the mouth. Try one and taste it for yourself!
Nevertheless, coyotes don’t just wait for persimmons to be at their ripest and brightest color when the bitter taste has diminished, but rather they consume these fruits as soon as they become available. Either the astringency does not bother them or the coyote’s lack of color vision makes it difficult to distinguish ripe from unripe fruit.