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Originally posted by beezzer
Is there a bounty on the coy-dogs?
Back home, we'd get 5 dollars/pelt.
New England coyotes are bigger than their cousins on the Western plains, and often have russet coats. They look more wolflike. Now research suggests this is because they hybridized with wolves as they migrated east over the last century.
The mixing of coyote and wolf genes allowed the animal to rapidly evolve larger, more powerful jaws, better adapted to preying on whitetail deer. One Massachusetts biologist says the animals deserve a new moniker: coywolves.
Not only are the Eastern coyotes bigger than their Western cousins, they have more varied coloration, which Kays said “can happen just from mixing up the coyote and wolf genes.’’ In addition to the typical gray coats, many Eastern coyotes are reddish. Kays said some even look like German shepherds, but do not carry any dog genes.
Annmar96, it might help us to understand Charly's problem better if you could tell us a bit more about the problems coyotes pose. So far a lot of us know about deer and the havoc they wreak, but not a lot of us suburbanites have first hand experience of coyote. I know and enjoynthe company of foxes, which are quite humorous and get along fine with my dogs and leave cats alone so far as I've heard. I know raccoons used to be pleasant to have around but generations in proximity to man have made them aggressive and unpredictable. Coyotes are alien beasts to me, I've never seen one in person. Can you give me an idea of their size and behavior from the perspective of someone who has to put up with them?
Originally posted by Anmarie96
reply to post by charlyv
Hunters need not apply - here applying - the coyote - take them out any way you can!!!! day, night, when ever!!.. As a women who is 5' 1" 102 lbs and has been for the past 25 years of my adult life and lives in the back woods and has almost been attached many time!!! and hear the many of dying calls from the fawns in my outer fields under the howls of the Coyote -- Fences will not protect anything - are you really kidding me? Old word of wisdom - how do you kill a Coyote = any way you can!!
Originally posted by rickymouse
I belong to a local shooters club here in Upper Michigan and they, along with other hunting clubs, have predator hunts to lower the coyote and other predators populations. The coyotes were getting so overpopulated around here before they started these hunts that they would come into my yard in packs. Since they trimmed the populations the other animals are starting to rebound. There are partridge around and a few rabbits too. These predators are necessary but their numbers get out of balance easily and they desiccate the woods of other life. That is our job as humans, keep the predators in balance.
Try contacting a hunters/shooters clubs and see if they can help to control the populations. I don't know your laws there, there may be permits to acquire.
Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by Anmarie96
You people think that it's as simple as pulling a trigger.
But the problem will get worse over time as development encroaches further into deer habitat.
We're too busy worried about our perfect suburban lives to care about the fact that we're CAUSING this problem by developing in these areas!
Originally posted by charlyv
The coyotes could be stopped very easily by sectioning the congruent areas off, and systematically policing it once in a while for predators.