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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 15, 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina is planning on radio collaring 30 or more Coyotes come Summer 2016 so to get a handle on the apparent growing population of the Canids in and around the city..............No plans on killing any animals as it seems that City Officials understand that killing Coyotes tends to lead to even denser populations of our songdogs as those still alive compensate with larger litters to fill the human created habitat vacancies..............Officials will monitor the habits of the Coyotes and make recommendations to residents about how best to coexist peacefully.

First of its kind coyote study coming after recent sightings

First of its kind coyote study coming after recent sightings

Coyotes spotted in Charlotte

Coyote sightings are on the rise in Charlotte and two have been trapped 
in uptown.

It’s the first study of its kind in the Southeast.

Starting next spring, officials will survey people about coyotes.

Then in the summer of 2016, officials will start putting tracking 
on at least 30 coyotes in Charlotte.
Officials will follow the coyotes movements and learn more about
 their eating and living habits.

Channel 9 has reported on multiple sightings recently in and
 around Charlotte.  A coyote killed a cat in the Selwyn Farms
 neighborhood a couple weeks ago.

Officials said they haven’t seen more coyotes, they’re just
 more apparent this time of year.
Coyote pups born in the spring are old enough to venture out 
on their own.

Officials do not have any plans to control the coyote population.
 They said if they remove one, another coyote will simply take its


Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT! Hopefully they'll do some DNA tests to see if these coyotes may in fact also be "coywolves"--DNA tests as far south as Virginia have confirmed this, and I assume the spread of coywolf genes didn't stop there! Also a likely addition of "Red Wolf" from both western and eastern N. C., where release programs for Red wolves have taken place. Of course I'm particularly interested in this study, since I reside in N. C., and am only a coupla hours' drive north of Charlotte!......L.B.

Rick Meril said...

LB.............canis soup continues to spread north, south, east and doubt some eastern wolf in the coyotes down your way

Anonymous said...

....Though I've mentioned it before on this blog(I believe), I personally believe some of the wolf genes in the coywolf "soup" may very likely also be from escaped/released wolves people have kept for pets over the decades--I personally know of several in the past that escaped their owners(never to be seen again, or survived wild for a significant amount of time before shot, etc.), or were allowed to come and go as they pleased--this in isolated areas with few or no people or livestock for miles, but plenty of native game(where I used to live in the Southern Appalachians). I'd be very surprised if such wolves(and no doubt far more of these occurences than just I know about!), during mating season in midwinter(the same as coyotes in the area) didn't occasionally cross with said coyotes! Although this view is not popular with those who only want to believe this "new wolf" of the east is a completely natural phenomenon, uninfluenced by humans--except it IS occurring BECAUSE of human influences, no matter how you look at it! I'm not a purist regarding the evolvement or return of large predators-howsomever it happens, I'm all for it! Like the survival of escaped/released captive cougars influencing the Florida panther populations, and likely will (or HAVE!) some influence and success on the return of cougars in the east!....L.B.

Rick Meril said...

however it happens, let the coyotes, wolves, pumas, bears, wolverines, fishers, martens, et al return across the USA