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Coyotes may be start of larger urban carnivore trend
CBC News ^ | 10-05-2012

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....

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bears; coyotes; wildlife
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Our favorite cat disappeared one night about a month ago. I'm pretty sure he was eaten by a coyote....lots of small pets disappearing around here lately.
1 posted on 10/07/2012 2:48:45 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

Shows that efforts to make public lands limited access or roadless areas so as not to upset the wildlife is nuts.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 3:47:30 AM PDT by finnsheep
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To: Renfield
It's only a matter of time. Here's a list of Bigfoot Sightings in Cook County, Illinois.
3 posted on 10/07/2012 3:58:01 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Renfield

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.


4 posted on 10/07/2012 4:00:44 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Renfield

Bears are already a problem in some urban areas.


5 posted on 10/07/2012 4:10:44 AM PDT by Kent1957
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To: The KG9 Kid

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.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 4:17:01 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: The KG9 Kid
nothing that preys on them anymore except man-made bullets.

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......

7 posted on 10/07/2012 4:20:27 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: Renfield

Shoot, Shovel, Shut-up.


8 posted on 10/07/2012 4:23:30 AM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: Renfield
Stan Gehrt said, suggesting animals like bears, wolves and mountain lions may be next....

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.

9 posted on 10/07/2012 4:25:36 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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"... They’re east of the Mississippi now, and they ain’t house pets."

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.

10 posted on 10/07/2012 4:35:24 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Renfield

No problem, if the economy collapses the Coyote population will be reduced in short order..


11 posted on 10/07/2012 4:36:42 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Renfield

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.


12 posted on 10/07/2012 4:48:37 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Renfield

Have any new restaurants opened recently in your neighborhood?


13 posted on 10/07/2012 4:51:02 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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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.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 5:18:00 AM PDT by kidd
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To: count-your-change
Hmmm.... Cities are generally infested with "human varmints", who generally vote democRAT.

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.

15 posted on 10/07/2012 5:18:27 AM PDT by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: Mogger

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 they’re beautiful creatures, but they’re growing out of check. They have no natural predators, so I think we should have wolves,” he said.

http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/09/24/as-deer-come-to-town-local-sightings-reported/


16 posted on 10/07/2012 5:37:36 AM PDT by BelleAl (Proud to be a member of the party of NO! NO more deficit spending and government control!)
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To: Renfield

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.


17 posted on 10/07/2012 5:37:36 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Mogger
In California the coyotes are tired of having to live on tofu and macadamia nuts and have decided to put some meat back into their diets.

The new Adopt-a-Coyote Program will be a huge success.

18 posted on 10/07/2012 5:41:39 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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I think that wolves should be re-introduced to urban areas.

Places like Washington DC, Detroit, Chicago would make excellent wolf habitat.


19 posted on 10/07/2012 5:50:38 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Renfield
Our favorite cat disappeared one night about a month ago. I'm pretty sure he was eaten by a coyote....lots of small pets disappearing around here lately.

(Just kidding! Look at my homepage, I'm a big kitty fan. Small animals got carried off by coyotes when I lived in Phoenix.)

20 posted on 10/07/2012 6:19:15 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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