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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 3, 2017

A Farmers best friend and yes, suburban and city dwellers best friend (even if they and we do not realize it) are Coyotes and Foxes...........Mice, Voles, rabbits, squirrels, and rodents of all kinds are favorites for both of these members of the CANIDAE family................Farmers grain stores are optimized by having Coyotes and Foxes around and lyme disease is mitigated and tapped down in the suburbs by having Coyotes and Foxes in our midst..........And our man-made roads, paths, and highway medians are like "fast food restaurants" for Coyotes as these "disturbed landscapes" tend to create brushy conditions that favors robust rodent and rabbit populations...............Enjoy the video below of the classic "leap, dive and catch" of the Coyote, quite similar to that of the red and gray fox.


'Mousing' coyote shows off a classic canid hunting routine

'Mousing' coyote shows off a classic canid hunting routine
A recent video posted to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service Facebook page serves as a great example of a super-classic canid hunting method.
The short clip, taken by J. Giles, shows a coyote "mousing" along a roadway in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast, but you could see something virtually identical watching jackal snuffing out rats in African scrub or an Arctic fox after lemmings on snow-crusted tundra

Roads as well as hiking paths, game trails and other
thoroughfares provide good hunting corridors for
coyotes, foxes and other carnivores: the paved or
cleared bed masks the hunter's footfalls from
 keen-eared rodents, which tend to be attracted to the
 thick fringing groundcover.
In the clip, you can see the coyote cocking its head
this way and that with perked ears, trying to zero in on
 its quarry's little rustlings. Research on captive red foxes
 has shown the nearly pinpoint accuracy with which
 they can locate such sounds.

The high pounce the coyote performs is characteristic of
canids trying to catch burrowing rodents: you'll see foxes,
jackals and even wolves do it. (Adult grey wolves
 sometimes "mouse" in a sort of offhand way, probably
 because a mouse or vole is a mere morsel for a
carnivore of their size and not worth expending a lot of
 time and energy on. Wolf pups, though, often pounce
on rodents around their rendezvous sites.) The
dive-bombing approach helps catch quick-scampering
prey by surprise, and also gives the mousing canid the
 opportunity to redirect its landing in midair to cut off a
rodent's dash.

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