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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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Thursday, July 26, 2018

So Manifest Destiny has become a reality for Coyotes..............Long Island, New York was the last locale in the lower 48 states for Coyotes to colonize and that day has now come with the confirmed sighting of a male and female coyote wandering the streets of Searingtown, NY on July 10............."From sea to shining Sea",,,,,,,,,,,,,From Alaska down through Central America, the Coyote exemplifies the same "never-say-die" spirit, persitence, vitality and problem-solving traits that we humans exhibited in forging our great USA nation...............As Coyotes only mate once annually in February, all of us "Songdog boosters" will be rooting for these two "prospectors" to "live long and prosper", siring many healthy pups...............Let them multiply and spread across Nassau and Suffolk Counties(Long Island), doing their rodent, goose, small mammal and deer fawn ecosystems services function of bringing some "top-down" meso-carnivore balance to this region of New York, long without a trophic presence


Coyote sightings confirmed in Searingtown, Nassau SPCA says

Coyotes are rare on Long Island, one of the few areas of the country without a breeding population.

Eastern Coyote in Searingtown, NY

The Nassau County SPCA has confirmed sightings of coyotes in Searingtown earlier this month, officials said Tuesday.

Just as we humans felt it was our "destiny" to populate
what we today call the USA, so has the Coyote
exhibited this same accomplishment

A pair of coyotes was seen on camera near Green Drive and Reed Drive on July 10, said Gary Rogers, the county Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals president. The SPCA was called last week, he said, and it confirmed the sightings.

Frank Vincenti of Mineola, founder of the Wild Dog Foundation, said the images of the coyotes appear to be "credible."
Vincenti, whose organization raises awareness about coyotes, foxes and wolves, said he suspects the animals may have traveled from the Bronx via the Long Island Sound, a bridge or a rarely used railroad spur. 
July 10 picture of Eastern Coyote in Searingtown, NY

"Residents should not be concerned," Vincenti said. "I don't really believe this will be a major issue." 

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