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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, July 4, 2013

Our friend Frank Vincenti who tireless advocates for our "SONGDOGS" sent this article to me revealing the first photographed recording of an Eastern Coyote on Long Island, New York,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,"The Island(Nassau and Suffolk Counties) is just that, jutting out of New York City with limited access in and out................Our resourceful Coyotes finally found a way across one of the roadway arteries connecting Queens(or swam there from the Bronx) and are now colonizing the last locale in the continental USA where Coyotes have not taken root................Rodent mitigation and hopefully some easing of Lymes disease are benefits that a breeding population of Coyotes will bring to a much maligned and altered Long Island ecosystem

DEC: Coyote Sighted in Water Mill

Wild canine may be Long Island's first.
A coyote, like this one, was spotted in Water Mill last week.   PHOTO CREDIT: Macmanes/Wikimedia Commons
A coyote, like this one, was spotted in Water Mill last week. PHOTO CREDIT: Macmanes/Wikimedia Commons

The farmer snapped of photo of the animal, and the DEC said Tuesday it is has been positively identified as a coyote.Frank Vincenti, the director of the Wild Dog Foundation, said this is the first coyote sighting this fast east of the New York City border. There have been several sightings in Queens and there is one resident coyote there, he said.

Past sightings on Long Island have been debunked as misidentifications. "I investigate claims from people throughout Long Island, and they turn out to be fox," Vincenti said.

Vincenti and the DEC agreed that it is unclear how a coyote could have made it to Water Mill.

"As to how the coyote entered the area, it is purely speculation," said DEC spokesman Bill Fonda.

Vincenti noted that there is a coyote population in the Bronx, and he suggested that the coyote could have come over a bridge,  or swam. "The only other scenerio is someone may have trapped it somewhere and released it," he said.

However, Vincenti said he doubts the coyote was trapped, because it is apparently behaving naturally in its current environment.

Fonda said, "DEC plans on investigating this sighting to determine if there are additional coyotes in the area."

Vincenti is hoping that's the case. "I'm pretty ecstatic and excited about it, and I'm deperately trying to reach out to people to educate. I have been doing this for 20 years," he said.

There were small wolves on Long Island, much like coyotes, up until 400 years ago, Vincenti said. "In a lot of ways, the wolf has returned. Nature has filled the void."

"We have an ecosystem devoid of established predators," but coyotes can turn that around, according to Vincenti. A coyote population will help control rodents and can also reduce the number of deer on Long Island by preying on fawn, and therefore reduce cases of Lyme disease, he said.

Coyotes require a lot of space, so there will never be a large coyote population on Long Island, he said.

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