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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, March 25, 2015

This past Monday, the very informative COYOTE YIPPS blog site posted a great synopsis of how all canids are territorial and that Wolves will kill Coyotes, Coyotes will kill Foxes and that each of these carnivores will kill others of their own kind if family units and packs trespass into neighboring territories..............The "YIPPS" site goes on to explain how dog owners can protect their animals if confronted by Coyotes during all seasons and especially during the pup birthing and pup raising season which is about to begin in April and May..............Soak in this thorough co-existence information below.........An excellent "live and let live" paradigm that if embraced will allow us to live side by side with Song Dogs for millenia to come

From: Coyote>
Date: March 23, 2015 at 8:09:01 PM PDT
Subject: [New post] Pupping Season: What Behaviors to Expect If You Have A Dog, and What You Can Do

New post on Coyote Yipps

Pupping Season: What Behaviors to Expect If You Have A Dog, and What You Can Do

by yipps
Coyote pupping season is in full swing, which is obvious from coyote behaviors I'm now observing in our parks. Since mating occurred through mid-February and, now that it is mid-March, dens are being selected and dug. In preparation for the big event, all coyotes, especially males, are vigilantly contributing their share to the process: they are safeguarding their family territories to help make them safe for pups. Where does this come from?
We all need to become aware of coyote behaviors so that we can know how to prevent issues. Coyotes don't like canine intruders in their territories: they even don't allow non-family coyotes in. All canines, be they wolves, dogs, foxes or coyotes, don't really like each other and all will exclude the others, as well as members of their same species who are non-family members, from their territories. This is instinctive behavior. We can't really change their instincts for survival, but we can learn about them and understand them, and modify our own behaviors, so that all of us — human, cat, dog, coyote — can coexist. The guidelines are few and simple.
What behaviors might you see at this time?
1) Coyotes want you and your dog to know they are around so that you'll know that the area has been taken and is not up for grabs. One way of letting us know this is being more conspicuous. Increased visibility is a "message" to everyone and it's a pretty basic way of letting us know they are around.
2) Coyotes also may actually approach dogs to get them to "move on" or "go away." As you are walking along, a coyote could hurry in your dog's direction and could even try to sneak up from behind in an attempt to give your dog a little nip or pinch on the hind quarters. Remember that they are approaching your dog, not you. They could try to do this when you aren't looking at them, even if your dog is leashed. Their aim is not to maim, but to firmly "message" your dog to leave.  A small abrasion or scratch may result. You can prevent this.
An unleashed dog has charged in to chase coyotes
An unleashed dog has charged in to chase coyotes
This is a nip to the behind that coyotes use to "message" their needs to be left alone. Coyotes avoid all-out "attacks" because they won't take risks that might jeopardize their their own safety.
This is a nip to the behind that coyotes use to "message" their needs to be left alone. Coyotes avoid all-out "attacks" because they won't take risks that might jeopardize their their own safety.

What you need to do during this season is:
1) Be aware, alert and vigilant as you walk your dog during this pupping period. If you see a coyote, even if it's out in the distance, make sure your dog is on a short leash and continue walking on and away from the coyote. Nonetheless, the coyote, or coyotes, could hurry in your and your dog's direction -- they have a job to do which is instinctive: know what is happening and be prepared.
2) If and when a coyote has come within 30-50 feet -- just stop and face the coyote eyeball to eyeball -- usually this is all you'll have to do for the coyote to move on. If the coyote remains there, step in his direction and clap your hands or toss a small stone in his direction (not at him so as not to injure him), if the coyote moves, continue on your way, keeping an eye on him and without running. If he makes a second attempt, do this again with a little more energy. He'll run off, and you, too, should walk on out of the area.

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