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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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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I keep shaking my head every time I read about a harsh reactionary "call-to-arms" against Coyotes, Wolves, Bears and Pumas......Here we are in the year 2013 and despite all of the films, tv shows, newspapers, magazines and on-line sources that come at people every day showing how all of natures creation has a role to play in the health of the planet, we still have nimrods like the folks in Delaware calling for a hunting and trapping season on the barely 100 Coyotes that call their state home...............And of course that called for killing season is from November thru February, right in the thick of the Jan-Feb mating period when female Coyotes carry their single annual litter of pups..................Guys, no matter what you may think of my on-going histrionics on this subject, Delaware is about to institute a genocidal policy on Songdogs,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I urge all of you and especially our hardworking and tireless friends at PROJECT COYOTE to put pressure on Delaware's Dept. of Resources to end this madness before it commences

Delaware may allow coyote hunting and trapping

Associated Press;

GEORGETOWN — Delaware officials are proposing new rules to allow hunting and trapping of coyotes.The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is proposing a change to allow hunters to seek out and kill coyotes from November through February. Coyotes and red fox could be trapped from Dec. 10 to March 10, under proposals introduced this month for public comment.

The proposed seasons would be paired with an agency order allowing landowners to shoot coyotes on their own lands, according to Division of Fish & Wildlife Director Dave Saveikis.
The number of Eastern coyotes in Delaware is estimated to be fewer than 100, he said. While spotting the animals in Delaware is rare, they are living and breeding in all three of the state's counties.
"They do reproduce very fast," Mr. Saveikis said. "We know they will alter the ecosystem."

Hunters groups and farmers, who have sought hunting and trapping for two years, are pushing for extended or year-round coyote hunting to keep the population from growing and to a size that could menace the deer population and livestock.

"Delaware is putting the landowners and the citizens behind the eight ball by starting out this conservative," said Chip West, a landowner and the president of the state's Quality Deer Management Association chapter.

The Delaware Nature Society has opposed previous year-round hunting bills because coyote pups could have been left without mothers, but Brenna Goggin, an environmental advocate with the group said she supports the proposed rules because they don't allow hunting during breeding season.

The Sussex County Council unanimously voted for a resolution supporting a year-round coyote season on Tuesday.
"I'm an animal lover and all that, but I don't want them on our farms," Councilwoman Joan Deaver said of coyotes. "And I sure don't want them in my district."


Gail Clark said...

Apparently And unfortunately Delaware hunters and the state wildlife agency are as "dirty" as any other, especially considering that they will allow the slaughter of coyotes when they are pregnant or nursing pups. That is as low as a "hunter" can go.

Rick Meril said...

As you state Gail, "as low as a hunter can go"..................and I think any real "hunter" who has a respect for the land would opt out of such a ill-advised hunting paradigm