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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Thumbs up for USDA biologist Chad Fox who emphatically told Bedford County, Virginia residents that Coyotes are here to stay and that we have to learn how to coexist with them.......... A handful of localities inVirginia instituted paying "bounties" when coyotes are killed but it is a practice Fox did not recommend......"They are not reducing problems," Fox said. "They're just paying for dead coyotes."...........Ten to 15 percent of the coyote population is "transient," constantly looking for new places to inhabit............You kill off Coyotes in a given locality and those transients are quick to fill the vacuum and compensate for the killed off population by having bigger litters of pups..........More mouths to feed invites more run-ins with people..........Best to learn how to live with the exisitng Coyote population in your neighborhood than to constantly inviite churn and chaos through bounties and killings

Biologist: don't be a "food resource" for coyote population
By: Justin Faulconer | The News  Advance 
A wildlife biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture had a message for Bedford County officials Monday: pesky coyotes are here to stay.Localities have to learn to manage the damage, biologist Chad Fox of the department's Christiansburg office said in a report to the county supervisors.
Bedford's agricultural advisory board, appointed to advise supervisors in farming-related matters, invited Fox to speak. He reported on the department's coyote management program, providing "direct control" services to some 180 livestock farms in two-dozenVirginiacounties in the last fiscal year.We do work a handful of farms in Bedford County each year,"Fox said. "We cannot work all counties in the state because of funding.

The program harvested 487 coyotes last fiscal year, Fox said. The coyote population is growing. Some 460 sheep, 59 calves and five goats were reported killed in that time, a 32 percent increase from the previous year in sheep predation and a 69 percent jump in calf kills. A handful of localities inVirginiainstituted paying "bounties" when coyotes are killed but it is a practice Fox did not recommend.
"They are not reducing problems," Fox said. "They're just paying for dead coyotes."
Ten to 15 percent of the coyote population is "transient," constantly looking for new places to inhabit, he said. Attacks on humans are rare but can happen, he said. He advises residents to keep pet food inside and watch small children and pets."Every county has them," he said. "The bottom line is don't be a food resource if you're in an urban area."
Also Monday, the board voted to authorize borrowing of $13 million for upgrades to a regional radio system for public safety responders in Bedford and Amherst counties and the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg. The county's share in the debt service is projected at $6.9 million over the next 15 years; the revamped system is targeted for completion in 2014. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

May I ask, Where do you live at? It must be in the middle of some HUGE city where they don't even know what a REAL tree or grass looks like or smells like. Obviously you haven't had a run in with one on your land or with your children.
How would you feel if you had livestock on your land that it put food on your table killed, or your children not being able to go outside to play (like mine are now) or even go to the car without one growling at you?? There have been plenty of nights when I've had to stay up protecting my hog (that's not why they are coming because if a dog has messed with a hog before it won't again cause a hog will tear their butt up!).
I think maybe you need to talk with some farmers and get their opinion on them, or go stay for a bit on one and get some experience on what we "country" folk have to live and deal with every day.
Not trying to be hateful but people who say we have to "Learn to coexist with them" really do rub me the completely the wrong way after what I am having to deal with here.Do you believe in the Cycle of Life?? You must not since you are stating that we need to coexist with them. If we didn't kill animals that put food on our table or put us in danger, 1)we would be dead from being eaten 2)There would be so many that they would be sleeping in bed with you. They have "taken" over our holla, we use to have deer all over even turkey hens and the babies walking in yard with us. But not now. We use to have red tail foxes but the coyotes have killed them off. Have you ever heard of the coywolf?? They are becoming very popular around here fast. I have read articles on them from New York living in Central Park. My belief is that ANYTHING that growls at me or my family on my property or puts us at threat will be shot on point. As well as the fact that we're are on top of them on the food chain.
So if I offended anyone OH WELL!! You must not have kids, or stock, or you are some tree hugging psycho Pacifist, and never have had any experience with these things. You cannot coexist with a predator or a Muslim, cause they all want the same thing your demise. They only way to deal with them is exterminate. Any complaints on the Mulism or this entire post please contact Jimmy Crackcorn on facebook. Free puppies must be picked up after signing waiver, or stop on side of road take 15 steps and boom everywhere. Thank you