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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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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Seems like every major North American city is involved in some type of Coyote Research study...............Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Calgary, San Francisco, Madison(Wisconsin) and now Portland, Oregon via Portland State University research Zuriel Rasmussen..........She has reports of 2000 Coyotes sightngs called in by Portlander's in 2016,,,,,,,,,,,,Portland Coyotes dine on rabbits, rodents, fruits, nuts and human garbage, much the same as their rural cousins................"Human conflicts--The conflicts that occur with coyotes-- are almost 100 percent of the time with a habituated coyote.................... Habituation happens most often from people either feeding the coyote on purpose, or not on purpose"

map of coyote sightings in Portland, Oregon this past year-click on this link

home page for Portland urban coyote project

Yes, Coyotes Do Roam The Streets Of Portland

Portlanders have reported almost 2,000 coyote sightings this year. That’s according to data from the Portland Urban Coyote Project at Portland State University.

Zuriel Rasmussen, the researcher and project coordinator, grew up in Eastern Oregon, where coyote sightings are more common. She was amazed when she saw her first one here in Portland.
“I really wanted to understand not only how are coyotes living in cities without us really seeing them, but also, how are people feeling about that?” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen set up an online report form as part of her project, so that people could submit their urban coyote sightings. She said most people are either excited to see the canines or worried about them eating their pets. While urban coyotes do eat small cats and dogs, it’s not actually a big part of their diet.
“Mostly coyotes are eating what they tend to eat in rural areas,” Rasmussen said. “So that’s mostly rodents, rabbits. They eat fruit, they eat nuts. They’re extremely opportunistic, so they will feed on garbage.”

Coyotes are so adaptive, in fact, that they’ll even change their behavior patterns to live more successfully around humans.  
“In the city they’re often out more at night,” Rasmussen said. “They’ll change their hunting patterns. They’ll go to areas where people aren’t.”
That may explain why coyotes have actually doubled their range in the U.S., compared to wolves.
Rasmussen said even though people might be excited to see coyotes in urban areas, it’s important to learn how to interact with them.

“The conflicts that occur with coyotes are almost 100 percent of the time with a habituated coyote — a coyote that’s gotten used to being around people,” she said. “And often that habituation can happen from people either feeding the coyote on purpose, or not on purpose.”
So if you come across a coyote in Portland, feel free to revel in the feeling of a little bit of wildness in the city … and then make a loud noise.  

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