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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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Friday, October 11, 2013

The folks in Delaware are no more enlightened about co-existing with Coyotes than their counterparts are in the Great Lakes and Rocky Mtn States as it relates to co-existing with Wolves..........With at most 100 Coyotes in the state, the Delaware Division of Natural Resources wants to allow hunting and trapping from November thru February............There is no concern that Coyotes breed in late Jan and Feb and that pregnant females will be killed..............There is no positive outlook on the fact that Coyotes would provide excellent rodent and small mammal control for farmers......There is no understanding that Delaware's forests are denuded due to lack of Carnivores(and overabundance of deer)........... That the Coyotes are in their State now because the Wolves and Pumas that used to call Delaware home were blasted into oblivion, thus allowing Coyotes to march east to attempt fulfill some of those extirpated carnivores ecological roles................All you hear is fear,anger and outrage that the Delaware woodlands will come alive again with some wildness,,,,,,,,and thus cause farmers to have to be more vigilant with their livestock and hunters to become more skilled so as to compete effectively for their bounty................Will we ever mature as a society and allow all of natures creation to walk the earth beside us?

Delaware's wily way around

 coyote problem

A motion-activated camera caught this Eastern coyote eating bait in February 2010.

DOVER — State officials
in charge of writing 
the guidelines that will govern
 coyote hunting
 and trapping made it clear
they are not aiming 
to eradicate the canine

 going to 
value this animal for
 its ecosystem functions.
Others don’t want
any of them here,”
 said Joe Rogerson,
 a game biologist with
 the Delaware Division
 of Fish and Wildlife. 
The state’s forthcoming 
rules, Rogerson said, 
will aim to manage coyotes,
 but not wipe them out.
Several people who spoke
 at Wednesday’s
 public hearing, held to
 take comment on
 proposed hunting and
trapping changes, 
asked the state to go further.
“I would like to see us do
 we can to eliminate the
 said Bob Walls, of Milford,
 a rabbit hunter.
Hunters and farmers have 
spent years pressing
 state lawmakers and
environmental officials to 
open the door to a hunting
and trapping season 
for coyote, much like the 
Lawmakers from Kent
and Sussex counties
 tried to pass a bill two
 years ago that would
 allow coyotes to be
shot year-round, as a
 species deemed “not
 protected” by any 
conservation laws.
That effort’s supporters
 said they didn’t 
expect to eradicate
coyotes in Delaware,
 but it was still an
 outcome they’d be fine
 with. “I became
 concerned this was a 
predator we didn’t
need in the state of 
Delaware,” Rep.
Dave Wilson,
 R-Bridgeville, said
 last month of
 his push to legalize
 coyote hunting.
That approach failed
 to pass in the
 Legislature in 2011.
So in 2012, 
many of the same
 lawmakers succeeded
 in passing a bill directing
 state to draw
 up a managed coyote
 hunting and trapping
 season, which the
 Department of Natural 
Resources and Environmental
 Control is doing now.
The department is proposing
to allow four
 months of coyote hunting,
from November
 through February, and a
 trapping season
 lasting from Dec. 1 to
March 10. All the 
surrounding states allow it.
Virginia has
 the most liberalized rules,
year-round coyote hunting
and trapping.
Rogerson said biologists estimate there are 50
to 100 coyotes in
 Delaware, and that roads crews pick up one
or two specimens 
a year after they’re struck and killed by cars.
 Coyotes took their
 time coming east of the Chesapeake Bay and
 south of the canal,
 with Delaware one of the last states to
 document their presence.

Hunters at the hearing said rising coyote
numbers in nearby states
 were culling so many deer, it was more
 difficult to track does and
 bucks, and they worried that would happen
 in Delaware. Farmers 
fear coyotes could menace livestock –
 or people.

Rogerson said coyotes will eat discarded
 garbage if they can get it.
 But he said coyotes almost never prey on
 humans, with only about
 five attacks a year recorded across the
country. “Technically, you 
should be more concerned about a domestic
 dog than a negative 
encounter with a coyote,” Rogerson said.
Delaware Action for Animals’ Cathy Rash
argued against any coyote
 hunting or trapping season, saying they
 keep deer and rodent 
 populations in check.

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