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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, September 23, 2013

COYOTEWATCH CANADA does the same type great advocacy for Coyotes up North as PROJECT COYOTE does for Songdogs in the USA-----They both take the fear and half-truths out of how to co-exist with Coyotes and lay out a tried and true paradigm that allows both species to have their proper time and space on our planet............Food and access to it are the main reasons that Coyotes take chances coming into human neighborhoods...............And yes, small dogs and cats are on the menu if Coyotes feel that they have a better than even chance of getting their meal without being harmed............Carry a baseball bat and bang it on the sidewalk when walking your pets and encountering a Coyote................Opening and closing an umbrella is another excellent deterrent............

Coyotes just looking for food, so remove 

food sources, expert saids

GUELPH — If you have a problem with coyotes, 
what you really have is a problem with a 
food source, says Lesley Sampson, director
 and co-founder of Coyote Watch Canada.
Get rid of the food source and the coyotes 
will move on, she told about 30 people 
who attended a public meeting at City 
Hall Friday night on the subject.

There's been an increase in coyote sightings
 in Guelph in recent years, and the city is 
developing a strategy to deal with it.
Educating the public is step one, and that
 was the purpose of Friday's meeting.
Sampson spoke about the habits and
 demeanour of coyotes, who live in packs,
 mate for life and are very protective of 
their pups. Generally they don't want to 
interact with humans, but if they find a
 food source, they will venture into
 urban neighbourhoods.
About 80 per cent of their diet is small 
animals. Usually that means mice, but 
it could mean your family cat or small
 dog if conditions are right. More than 
likely, however, it's your compost or
 food put out in bird feeders, or birds
 that come to bird feeders that's 
catching their eye.
Sampson talked about a partnership
 between Coyote Watch Canada and 
the city of Niagara Falls that has has 
positive results. Niagara Falls passed
 a no-feeding-wildlife bylaw and that
 has done a lot to keep coyotes away.
"They are masters at finding food,"
 Sampson said. "And they are masters 
at finding our food. You put yourself
 and your neighbours at risk when you 
feed wildlife. They'll keep coming back
 for more."
Sampson said if you encounter a coyote
 on a trail or in your yard, don't run away.
 Instead, make yourself big, wave your
 arms and shout at it to go away. You 
can also bang a stick on the ground, 
throw things at it or spray it with water.
"An umbrella is a good hazing tool," 
Sampson said. "They don't like the noise
 and they don't like the surprise of an
 umbrella opening."
Sampson said there has to be a central 
place where people can report sightings. 
Those should be mapped and available
 to the public, so they know areas to avoid.
 Mapping can also help pinpoint a food source.
Kim Hammill lives in south-Guelph and has
 run into coyotes more than once while 
walking her Jack Russell terriers near Clair
 Road and Beaver Meadow Drive. She came
 to the meeting to learn more about the 
animals and the right way to deal with them.
"I saw a coyote in February," she said after
 the meeting. "It circled me and my dogs. I
 called police and they told me to carry a 
bat and bang it on the sidewalk next time. 
So I always do and it works."
Doug Godfrey, manager of bylaw compliance,
 security and licensing department, said the 
city is reviewing all its bylaws and animal 
control is up next. It's possible council would 
adopt a no-feeding-wildlife bylaw for Guelph,
 but that's a ways away, he said.
"I hope people will learn from these information
 sessions that there is something they can do 
about coyotes as individuals," he said. "As a 
city, we're developing a coordinated plan.
There will be another coyote information
 session next Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at city
 hall. More information about coyotes can be
 found at and

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