In March 2010, a wild coyote led the police on a chase through Lower Manhattan. The vagabond was ultimately caught in a parking lot in TriBeCa.
It was just one of many coyotes that have wandered into the city over the years. At least four others were sighted the same year, in Harlem, near Columbia University and in Central Park. They’ve also been seen in Los Angeles, Chicago and in the Boston area.
The growing presence of these top predators in New York City has piqued the interest of researchers, who say that coyotes in human territory might not be such a bad thing.
“What happens is that when there’s a top predator, it will help control other levels of the food chain,” said Mark Weckel, an ecologist and doctoral student at the City University of New York.
Although media reports of such attacks generally identify the animals in question as simply "coyotes", research into the genetics of the eastern coyote indicates those involved in attacks in northeast North America, including Pennsylvania, New York, New England, and eastern Canada, may have actually been coywolves, hybrids of Canis latrans and Canis lupus, not fully coyotes.
Originally posted by Trustfund
If you let your cat roam outside what do you really expect to happen?
Originally posted by j.r.c.b.
TY....before anyone asks why he is outdoor, my 8 yr old developed a severe allergy to cats, just like myself...we have his bed in a nice warm heater room under the porch, and he is fixed and updated on shots....
Originally posted by vonclod
i lost a cat to coyotes almost 2 years ago..i see one once in a blue moon..i dunno it sux to lose a pet but everything has to live somewhere..i see alot of skunks a racoons too..i have heard that you can buy wolf urine to put around the perimeter of your property..it will keep them away, google it and there are quite a few pages
Originally posted by j.r.c.b.
reply to post by minkmouse
We are gonna try to put him in with my older son in the basement....I feel awful for him!! So long as we can keep him in the basement, my youngest should be o.k.
At some point during the 20th century, the wild canines began traipsing their way east, making it all the way to New Jersey, where they’ve found their own suburban niche. With pointy ears, sharp teeth and a certain air of indifference, they’ll gobble everything from grasshoppers to disabled deer.
Taylor Josephine Stephanie Luciow, known by her stage name Taylor Mitchell, (August 27, 1990 – October 28, 2009) was a Canadian folk singer. She is the only adult person, and second person overall, known to be fatally attacked by coyotes.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- Huntington Beach residents are demanding a solution to a coyote problem in the city, after three coyotes killed a dog at a park last weekend.
A couple says they were walking their small two dogs at the Huntington Beach Central Park nature reserve when a trio of coyotes snatched one of the dogs, named Chloe.
One of the greatest conflicts between people and coyotes is the occasional attack on a domestic pet by a coyote. In some areas frequented by coyotes, it is not difficult to find an account of a pet attack or missing cat (presumed to have been eaten by a coyote) in the local newspaper.
To increase our understanding of coyote attacks on domestic pets, we searched newspaper databases for articles on pet attacks in the Chicago metropolitan area. Through these articles, we found records of 70 attacks on dogs, 10 attacks on cats, and alleged attacks on a duck and pig.
An Estero woman may have the dubious distinction of being the first documented case of a coyote biting a human in Florida.
Deborah Berry, who lives in the Shadow Wood area of the Brooks community where coyotes have been feeding on small dogs recently, was bitten by a coyote on her right calf about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The bite left four puncture wounds, and she will undergo rabies shots as a precaution.
She was taken by ambulance to NCH North Naples Hospital, where she was treated for the wounds and later released, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Berry’s dog, Ellie, a Dachshund, also was seriously injured in the attack that occurred on Sterling Loop Boulevard near her home at 10000 North Ridge Court.
Through March 15, an estimated 2,000 permit holders will scout the woods with shotguns and crossbows, seeking out rogue canines after dark.
If state counts are correct, there might be more coyotes in New Jersey than black bears. New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Andrew Burnett estimates that the population could be north of 5,000. In comparison, the bear tally before the December hunt was estimated at 3,400. Both animals feast on small critters and consumer waste.