Skip to comments.Coyotes may be start of larger urban carnivore trend
Posted on 10/07/2012 2:48:38 AM PDT by Renfield
First it was foxes, skunks and raccoons. Now coyotes are setting up shop in increasing numbers within urban settings in North America. Are larger carnivores next?
A professor of wildlife ecology at Ohio State University says urban coyotes, the largest of the mid-size carnivores, may be setting the stage for their larger brethren to start migrating to cities.
"They're the ones that are kind of pushing the envelope right now," Stan Gehrt said, suggesting animals like bears, wolves and mountain lions may be next....
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Shows that efforts to make public lands limited access or roadless areas so as not to upset the wildlife is nuts.
I don’t like to mention predator calling in polite company because when you talk about coyote depredation people liken it to shooting loveable domesticated dogs, but if you’re interested in how we try to help cull the coyote population out here, go search YouTube for ‘Coyote Control Specialists’.
For many people, me included, it’s initially hard to accept that calling in coyotes just to blow them up with rifles is a humane and decent thing to do. But once you’ve seen how coyotes massacre basically every living creature they come across for no instinctual answer other than just for fun, it’s a great diminishment on the burden of your spirit when sighting them in your scope and squeezing the trigger.
Coyotes of course have their rightful place in the circle of life, but there’s nothing that preys on them anymore except man-made bullets. Like it or not, that’s how it is.
Bears are already a problem in some urban areas.
I watched coyotes sauntering down the street on Fort Irwin, CA in the Mojave desert. They knew they were safe.
See ‘em, shoot ‘em. They’re east of the Mississippi now, and they ain’t house pets. Make nice practice for your AR-15 & optics, IMO.
I've pheasant hunted N.W. Kansas numerous times and I'm amazed at the behavior of coyotes when come upon by man. Out there they know man will try to kill them and I've flushed them out of plum thickets and watched them high tail it across fields for at least a half mile before they stopped and turned around. Then they'd turn and take off again........
Suburban coyotes naturally don't have that fear......
Shoot, Shovel, Shut-up.
Reminds me of the movie 'Wolfen', with Albert Finney.
We have raccoons, foxes , flying squirrels in the yard. My wife puts out a dish every night.
The beautiful young grey fox that frequented at night suddenly stopped coming around 3 nights ago. He was hit by a car on the busy road behind our house. Sad, he was beautiful.
They're fully nationwide now. Top of Maine and in Brooklyn NYC. They did it through 80-plus years of walking across bridges over rivers and the backs of dams that allowed them to cross over into lands where they'd never been before, and now they're mating with reintroduced wolves and turning into super coyotes able to kill a grown human adult like that one poor musician girl out jogging in Canada.
No problem, if the economy collapses the Coyote population will be reduced in short order..
Well, yes. Coyotoes east of the Mississippi are actually hybrids crossed between wolves. Big cats are here in New England already. One was hit on the Merritt parkway in CT and was traced back to the Dakotas.
Have any new restaurants opened recently in your neighborhood?
I’m in a suburb of Hartford. Lots of coyotes here.
Had a rabid one walk past me in broad daylight, 10 feet away from me, not too long ago. Foaming at the mouth and completely oblivious that I was there at all.
I got lucky.
Perhaps we need to start a humane catch and release program, moving coyotes, mountain lions, etc., into urban areas so the city folks can enjoy them.
I read the following quote in our local newspaper. Cracked me up! Who are these people?
Earlier this month, Joe Seconder was riding his bike in Sandy Springs when he saw a deer that may have been hit by a car, then shot and left by the side of the road.
I see deer almost every time I ride. I think theyre beautiful creatures, but theyre growing out of check. They have no natural predators, so I think we should have wolves, he said.
I am so sorry about your cat. People around here have lost pets too- one lost his favorite dog, a female beagle, and they are pretty sure it is all coyotes doing it.
A neighbor saw a coyote trailing our goats a couple of weeks ago in one of our pastures. Hubby patrolled the fenceline and found a place where ‘something’ had gotten in. Brown and gray hairs were caught in the wires.
The new Adopt-a-Coyote Program will be a huge success.
I think that wolves should be re-introduced to urban areas.
Places like Washington DC, Detroit, Chicago would make excellent wolf habitat.
(Just kidding! Look at my homepage, I'm a big kitty fan. Small animals got carried off by coyotes when I lived in Phoenix.)