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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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Monday, June 4, 2012

Our friend and blog reader in Alabama, Mark LaRoux published a retort to the article a week or so back that discussed how most communities in Alabama want to kill and trap Coyotes as a means of control..............Mark reinforces all that we now know about the better method of Coyote management,,,,,which is hazing and and keeping our wily canid cousins wary of us...........Mark, Camilla Fox of PROJECT COYOTE is proud of you,,,,,,,,,as am I for your folksy and down the middle commentary

Alternate coyote solutions; Coyotes, wolves cougars blog reader Mark La Roux

I'd be curious to know if anyone has ever bothered to do any genetic testing of the 'large coyotes' that Chris Banks (Tennessee Valley Wildlife Control) mentions in The Times coyote article on May 27.
If the larger ones have a mix of red wolf, what then? Still shoot?

Also, as a habit we tend to shoot the largest of any group, be it coyotes, deer, elk, or wild boar.
Shooting the alpha female in a family of coyotes is the worst thing possible: she's the best birth control for all the other females.

The dispersed young then hunt for whatever easy food they can find-often in our backyards.

Also, I would think the worst thing we could do as humans is 'surrender the woods' at an outbreak of those oh so scary coyotes. On the contrary, have adults wander the woods and (during this 'crisis' only) leave obvious signs that a top predator (you) has been there.

They will get the hint. Maybe a non-lethal paintball for the hard-headed ones? Not in city limits of course. Killing them by either trap or gun won't work as some will disseminate from other areas and start the process again. Just another money trap.

Kudos to Dr. Karen Hill Sheppard of Huntsville Animal Services for continuing a non-interventionist policy for Huntsville. We have gotten used to the 'song dogs' and see them as part of our wildlife community along with all the other critters, some both irritating and fascinating.

Maybe Redstone and Decatur should follow this lead to inclusiveness.

Mark LaRoux

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