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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, July 10, 2012

The Ontario Coyote population has waned somewhat over the past several years but according to our friend, Biologist Brent Patterson(Ontario Ministry of Ntl Resources), the recent mild winter allowed rabbits and other rodents to survive in large numbers, which likely will enhance Coyote pup survival this year.............Will the population rebound quickly?,,,,,,,,,,,,See Brent and my communique on this subject below

Ontario Coyotes declining or on the verge or resurgence?

From: Meril, Rick
To: '' Sent: Tue Jul 10 07:05:19 2012
Subject: Re: Waterloo coyotes


Kind of you to would be truly gratifying to be able to report in the near future ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,that coyote numbers flattened out due to a growing eastern wolf population causing coyotes to live on wolf territory margins...........That the Wolves had a stable population where they bred only with their own kind,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and as happens with Gray Wolves and Coyotes in Western America, the two species co-exist, with Coyotes wary of their larger cousins...............A multi carnivore matrix in the East with Wolves, Blcak Bears and Eastern Coyotes, Pumas, Bobcats and Lynx all "dancing" alongside White Tail Deer, Elk, Moose,,,,,,,,,,,,and yes, even Caribou..............We all live for that day!

Have a good Summer!


Eastern Coyote

----- Original Message -----

From: Patterson, Brent (MNR)
To: Meril, Rick
Sent: Tue Jul 10 06:33:47 2012
Subject: RE: Waterloo coyotes

Hi Rick,

As you know coyote and wolf populations tend to follow that of their prey, and based on lower deer and hare/ rabbit numbers in recent years we had been expecting coyote numbers to decline as well. They finally did but it took a little longer for the decline to start than anticipated. The interesting thing is that rabbit/ hare numbers have bounced back very quickly across much of southern Ontario and so coyote pup survival should be excellent this summer/ fall and the decline in coyote abundance may be short-lived. Time will tell...

Eastern Wolf

I should also mention that the decline in coyote numbers is occurring across most areas of southern Ontario and that it hasn't been dramatic, but is noticeable. We index coyote numbers based on sightings recorded by deer and moose hunters and in most areas sightings of coyotes have dropped 15-30% over the past couple of years.

Finally, we still have mange in some areas but it never seems to reach epidemic proportions here. Rather it always seems to be locally common among coyotes in some areas of the province with most other areas being relatively mange-free.



Brent Patterson
Research Scientist – wolves and deer
Adjunct Professor, Trent University, Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program
President, Ontario Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Wildlife Research and Development Section
Trent University, DNA Building
2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON
Tel: (705) 755-1553
Fax: (705) 755-1559

-----Original Message-----

From: Meril, Rick []
Sent: July 9, 2012 11:40 PM
To: Patterson, Brent (MNR)
Subject: Waterloo coyotes


Read the artile in THE RECORD today where u are quoted as saying the coyote population has fallen in recent years in the Waterloo region

Can you expand on that for me? Why the reduction? Saturation of territories? Disease?

Many thanks

Urban coyotes at home in the city

Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press

WATERLOO REGION — There’s a reason the beloved cartoon coyote is named Wile E.
Coyotes are highly intelligent animals, possessing keen hunting skills and the ability to adapt to their surroundings and to learn from their experiences.
They’ve learned to take advantage of the bounty of food that an urban area can provide, while typically remaining out of sight from most of their two-legged neighbours. It’s only when they deviate from their low profile that it becomes newsworthy.

In January, a coyote is believed to have killed a dog running off-leash in Cambridge's Dumfries Conservation Area, while in April, a hound dog fended off an attacking coyote near the Huron Natural Area in Kitchener. More recently, a coyote was struck by a vehicle on East Avenue in Kitchener last month. The injured animal was caught by an officer from the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society and was humanely euthanized. Those kinds of calls are rare, said the humane society’s Gary Boes. “They’re pretty wary animals.”

Eastern Coyote

But experts say we’d likely be surprised by the number of city coyotes living quietly in our midst “There are a lot more coyotes in urban areas in southern Ontario than people think,” said Brent Patterson, a research scientist with the Ministry of Natural Resources.
“Most do a great job of staying under the radar … Most of them are well-behaved and keep to themselves.” Coyote populations across southern Ontario, on the whole, have actually been declining in the past year and a half to two years, Patterson said. That follows about a decade of population growth. “It will be interesting to see where it goes from here,” Patterson said. “It’s possible they come back quickly.”

And the past winter was a good one for coyotes, as a lack of snow made small animals even more vulnerable to the canine hunters. Rough population estimates for Ontario place about 30 to 40 coyotes in every 100 square kilometres, Patterson said. “The coyotes are here, they’re in most of our urban areas, but that’s not a problem in itself,” Patterson said

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