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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, May 13, 2015

It's not unusual for coyotes to end up on airport runways................ They're seen at O'Hare(Chicago) once or twice a week, according to Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Tony Molinaro ............... Of 198 coyotes hit by planes from 1990 to 2005, 23 were in Illinois............. "Coyotes know how to make a living in the urban environment," said Bill Stanley, collection manager for mammals at Chicago's Field Museum............Around Ohare airport(and many others around the USA), there are wooded patches that make up portions of Chicago's 3000 Urban Coyote population

Coyotes at Chicago's 
O'Hare cause delays
Updated 2/27/2007 8:05 PME-mail |Print |
Airplanes struck wildlife 66,392 times in the USA from 1990 to
 2005. More than 97% of those incidents involved birds. A sampling
of strikes involving other animals:
White-tailed deer: 652
Coyotes: 198
Alligators: 14
House cats: 11
Moose: 3
Source: Federal Aviation Administration

CHICAGO — Two planes
 preparing to land at O
'Hare International
 Airport aborted their
 landings after another
pilot spotted coyotes
 near the runway, the
 Federal Aviation
 Administration said
The flights, operated by
 United and American
 airlines, did 
"go-arounds" and landed
 safely on their second
 on Sunday, said FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro.

The pilots were about a quarter-mile from O'Hare with their
 landing gear down when they were warned, Molinaro said.
 The pilot of a flight landing ahead of them saw the coyotes
 and alerted controllers.
"We don't want to take any chances," Molinaro said. One pilot 
told his passengers why he had to make a second attempt at landing.

The FAA said reports of planes hitting wildlife quadrupled from
 1,744 in 1990 to 7,136 in 2005 because there are more flights, more
wildlife near airports and more reports from
 pilots. In the same period, 172 people were injured and nine died in
 such incidents, which resulted in $233 million in


Even in urban areas, it's not unusual for coyotes to end up on runways.
They're seen at O'Hare once or twice a
 week, Molinaro said. Of 198 coyotes hit by planes from 1990 to 2005,
23 were in Illinois.
"Coyotes know how to make a living in the urban environment," said
 Bill Stanley, collection manager for
 mammals at Chicago's Field Museum. Fewer coyotes are hunted and
trapped, he said, and they are 
venturing closer to cities to hunt rabbits, birds and raccoons.

They frequent forest preserves and dumps that might be close to airports,
Stanley said.

Coyotes are usually scared off when airport workers drive toward them,
 said O'Hare spokeswoman Wendy Abrams. 
The best way to keep them away is "ensuring that the airport's perimeter
is secure" by maintaining fences so 
coyotes can't burrow under them, she said.

Coyotes, which can weigh as much as 50 pounds, can cause significant
 damage to aircraft. In October 2005, a
 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900 turboprop hit a coyote on takeoff at the
Ogdensburg, N.Y., airport. The nose gea
r collapsed, and the plane skidded to a stop. It was declared a total loss,
according to FAA records.

Birds are responsible for more than 97% of mishaps involving airplane
s and wildlife, the FAA said.
Stanley said coyotes are moving deeper into the city and breeding with
 dogs. One was recently hit by a car near 
the Art Institute of Chicago, which is in the heart of downtown, he said,
and drowned coyotes have been found on
 Lake Michigan beaches north of the city.

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