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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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Friday, February 9, 2018

So when you look at he picture below of the San Francisco Coyote playing with the newspaper and the New York State Coyote playing with the dog toy, I find it hard to give a pass to the folks who go out shooting Coyotes at 'Killing Contests",,,,,,,,,,,,It is also insane to me that 38 State Fish & Game Commisions allow year round hunting seasons on Coyotes with virtually no limits on how many you can kill..............When you see your dog playing with a towel, shoe or some other of your household and/or personal posessions, where do you think that flair for play comes from?..............All canids love to play,,,,,,Your dog is a canid,,,,,,,,,,,The Wolf, Coyote and Fox are canids...........Would States allow a year round hunting season on stray dogs?............Can you imagine the uproar you would hear from people far and wide...........So, should we not put pressure on our State Governments to stop killing the cousins of "Man's best friend"?????????

This coyote was stealing newspapers, so here's what the delivery man did

Jaymi Heimbuch; Feb 1, 2018

It's not uncommon to hear about city residents running into conflicts with urban coyotes. Usually it's because of run-ins with pets, or coyotes getting too close for comfort around people in parks or yards. But sometimes a conflict arises for more surprising reasons.
In one San Francisco neighborhood, trouble popped up for the newspaper delivery man when his papers started going missing.

He started getting calls from upset clients that their paper wasn't being delivered, but he knew full well he had delivered one to their doorstep. Shortly after the calls began, he discovered something completely unexpected. One morning he watched as the neighborhood coyote played with a newspaper on a grassy hillside. He videoed her tossing the paper up in the air, sliding down the hillside on it, and running around with pages flapping from her mouth. It turns out she was repeatedly stealing papers off of certain porches shortly after he delivered them, just to play!
Rather than get mad, the delivery man's solution was to throw out a paper just for her, launching it onto the grassy hillside she frequented before she had a chance to nip one from a front porch. She had her morning toy, and he stayed out of trouble with his clients.
I met the delivery man by chance early one morning while watching the coyote, and I listened to his story. To prove its truth — and maintain the morning ritual — the delivery man threw a paper out on the grass. Sure enough, the coyote came running down the hill to play with it. This photograph of the paper-thieving coyote was taken with a remote camera shortly after watching the coyote's exuberant play session on that first morning.
San Francisco's coyotes are only just now being studied, and a small population living in the Presidio have been radio-collared for monitoring. Many other cities also have new or ongoing studies of urban coyotes. As the wily canids become permanent residents of cities across the continent, learning more about them is a critical step in finding solutions to coexisting with them.
For one newspaper man, at least, that coexistence comes at an affordable price: an extra copy of the daily.

Coyote finds old dog toy, acts like a puppy

A photographer spotted a coyote as it trotted into her yard and explored a toy left in the snow. What she managed to capture on camera is the beauty of play.

Jaymi Heimbuch; March 6, 2015


50 State Coyote Hunting Regulation Summary
Compiled by Randy D. Smith - February, 2010

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