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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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Saturday, June 25, 2016

2014 NY State biologist Jacqueline Frair's update on Coyote dietary habits in the Central Adirondacks and southern NY State reveals that as Beavers have increased in population, the "generalist Coyote" has made them their "first choice" as a dietary staple...........In mid 20th century, snowshoe hare had been the go-to dinner for Coyotes but in recent decades, maturing forests likely has reduced the desired brush habitat that hares prefer, thus reducing their footprint in NY State forests............It is only when both Beaver and Hares are at low ebb populations that Coyotes in the Empire State seek out adult deer as first entree.........The Coyote take of fawns in the first weeks of their life in the Spring has remained constant since the Coyote arrived in NY in the 1920's and does not appear to significantly dampen overall deer populations.............As Frair suggests: "By concentrating on the abundant beaver, coyotes may ultimately lower their overall use of deer,,,,or, it may elevate the population of coyotes and have a spillover effect on deer"..........."Only time will tell"..............Frair also found that in the southern tier of NY, Coyotes take of deer was predominantly scavenged,,,,,,,,,,,,The Coyote diet in this part of the state was primarily an admix of cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, other small mammals and livestock


Progress Report Research Title: Population Status and Foraging Ecology of Eastern Coyotes in New York State

Coyote hunting Beaver

Coyote on a Beaver Dam

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