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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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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Coyotes are finding living in St. John's, Newfoundland Canada to their liking............Unfortunately, the knee-jerk reaction by residents there is to call for the Coyotes to be killed if they wander into neighborhoods.........Thankfully, Other Canadian cities like Vancouver and Calgary are considering coexistance policies rather than destructionof our "Songdogs"........We need Camilla Fox and her PROJECT COYOTE colleagues to get up to this part of the world and talk some sense into Community Officials there

Possible to live with coyotes in St. John's, says MUN prof

Twenty-nine-pound male killed in the city Tuesday

A coyote in traffic on New Cove Road, in St. John's, Tuesday.A coyote in traffic on New Cove Road, in St. John's, Tuesday.

 A Memorial University of Newfoundland professor says St. John's should look at how other Canadian cities are dealing with coyotes now that the animals are being spotted in and around the provincial capital.

"There are thousands of coyotes living in Vancouver, hundreds in Calgary … and they seem to be able to co-exist with people They don't shoot the coyotes all the times that they come into the city," said geography Prof. Alistair Bath, who specializes in trying to understand people's attitudes towards wildlife.

"Most cities have moved toward co-existence campaigns."

A coyote was killed Tuesday near Torbay Road in St. John's, after sightings of the animal were reported in many parts of the city. Police and wildlife officers stopped the animal — which, officials later told CBC, was a 29-pound male.

Bath said conflicts between coyotes and people are uncommon across North America.
He said there have been reports of the animals attacking people in both the U.S. and Canada and there has been one coyote fatality in Canada when a woman was killed by coyotes in Nova Scotia two years ago.

Bath said research in Newfoundland and Labrador has found people agree with killing coyotes that wander into residential areas.

A Coyote on the streets of St. John's on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"We did a study a couple of years ago and there is certainly public support for killing coyotes when they get into people's backyards. There is a lot of fear in this province about coyotes, and that could be what is driving the attitudes. We see much less fear towards large carnivores in other parts of the world," he said.

In Vancouver, officials monitor the movement of coyotes carefully and residents are educated about how to interact with the animals safely.

Bath said anyone who encounters a coyote should "act big" and try to intimidate it by raising their arms and making loud noises or even throwing rocks.

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