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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, April 23, 2010

Educational Outreach to prevent urban New Yorkers from fearing Coyoyes...............Bounties established in Nova Scotia to attempt to reduce coyote populations

As almost all of you know who subscribe to this blog, human persecution of coyotes only results in larger coyote populations. Coyotes have a strong ability to increase their litter size in response to family unit disruption caused by human bounty killings, trappings, etc. A family unit that formerly occupied a locale is limited in size(typically 1 coyote per square mile) by the food and water resources of that region. Once we come in and kill off that family unit and create temporary unfilled habitat…………………lone coyotes come in and typically will create two or more family units on what had been a solo coyote family region. The prospecting coyotes divide the territory, connect with a mate and both groups produce larger families of pups than had the previous 1 family occupiers of that habitat.

You have to kill off 50 to 75% of the coyotes in a given large region to have any real dampening effect on coyote populations…………..something that even we human predators have been unable to do since occupying North America in 1500. As we all know, coyotes are the ultimate “adapt and overcome” animals, using the above stated response to fill virtually every locale in the USA(save Long Island……………and soon that will be filled with coyotes as new York City stragglers decide to take the Queens Midtown Tunnel onto the Island).


In response to public backlash against coyotes here in the States, the Wild Dog Foundation has launched a major public education campaign within the New York City area. Especially here on Long Island , the only land mass left where coyotes are not verified present. Educating the public ahead of time  even if they do not officially exist is our goal to foster coexistence and portray them positively . Already State agencies are recommending more killing of coyotes in the belief that this will create a fear of humans. This does not work. We are working closely with Project Coyote and it's many network members here in the east from upstate New York (Foxwoods Wildlife Center)to Connecticut and Florida and Indiana (Indiana Coyote Rescue). We are also promoting  the work of Dr. Jon Way and a wolf reintroduction group (Northeast Ecological Recovery Society) is combating indiscriminant killing of wild canids .An Urban wildlife study group is also looking into coyotes here in New York City called Wild Metro.
We are all trying to stem hysteria and paranoia, any vocal support  from Canid Specialist Group for our efforts would be greatly appreciated.
Frank Vincenti
Wild Dog Foundation

> Hi all,
> It is with great sadness that I share this information with you: Today
> (Thursday), a bounty was announced on coyotes here in

 Other decent measures were announced (some
> that Harrington and I suggested last week) including public education,
> outreach, and "surgical" interventions with specific cases.
> I want to thank all that helped with information and moral support via
> emails and frequent chats. You may soon hear from me and Camilla Fox in an
> attempt to gather an "official", written opposition from the scientific
> community for the record.
> Regards,
> Simon Gadbois
> Y. Simon Gadbois, Ph.D.
> Life Sciences Centre • 1355 Oxford Street • Dalhousie University • Halifax,
> Nova Scotia • B3H 4J1 • Canada
Nova Scotia. This
> follows the fatal attack in Cape Breton Highlands National Park last October
> and the many aggressive encounters reported since.
> Since October, I have been having media interviews on a regular basis, most
> recently to suggest alternatives to bounties and some general perspective on
> the situation (i.e., bounties don't work, including a bounty initiated here
> in Nova Scotia in the early 80's that was stopped 4 years later and resulted
> in an increase in the coyote population).
> Last Friday, Fred Harrington and myself met with the Minister of Natural
> Resources in a last attempt to change the government's decision. I talked to
> the minister last night as well. We did not succeed.
> The bounty was actually labelled a "trapping incentive" that will be applied
> only during the regular trapping/hunting season, i.e. from October to March.
> The incentive is of $20 a pelt

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