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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    Article - Call of the not so wild: Coyotes in big cities, suburbs

    From the AP Wire:

    Forget Wile E. Coyote's hapless pursuits in the cartoon wasteland. His real-life kin are prowling the country's concrete jungles, and they're anything but a laughing matter.

    In more heavily populated areas, they're drawn to the ample rabbits, rodents and small house pets that are easy pickings compared to running down a fawn in the forest. Parks, golf courses and well-tended residential areas provide a good food source and cover. Throw in dog food left outside or food scraps in trash cans, and you sweeten the chance a coyote comes calling.

    But experts say there should be no expectation coyotes will be purged from cities and suburbs any time soon.

    "People have been trying to wipe out coyotes for 200 years," Bluett says, "and they've failed miserably."
    Related article listing incidents:
    Case of urban coyotes popping up lately across the U.S.

    Saw the video about the one in Chicago - on WGN.

    Has your fair city had a coyote siting or worse incident ?

    With my fair county's landscape range I am surprised that I have not heard of an incident.

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    Cyburbian Mud Princess's avatar
    Aug 2002
    Certainly no official coyote sitings that I'm aware of... but I have heard them in my neighborhood on occasion, and I have no doubt that they are in the area, given the availability of deer, rabbits, and wild turkeys. I am not concerned about it. Honestly, I am much more worried about the damage caused by ATVs in the woods, and getting poison ivy!

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    Cyburbian Bubba's avatar
    Aug 2005
    Above urban19's plane field
    There have been plenty of sightings and incidents of pets being eaten in metro Atlanta, especially around the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (where you have undisturbed tracts of NPS land surrounded by suburbia).
    I found you a new motto from a sign hanging on their wall…"Drink coffee: do stupid things faster and with more energy"

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    We have some in the woods behind our home in suburban Milwaukee. I have seen one a couple times. Our kids (a 35-pound terrier mix and a 60-pound collie/husky) will sometimes be unwilling to leave the porch when they go out for the last time in the evening. We suspect that the coyotes are close then.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
    Jul 2006
    Slightly Off-Center
    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    Our kids (a 35-pound terrier mix and a 60-pound collie/husky) will sometimes be unwilling to leave the porch when they go out for the last time in the evening. We suspect that the coyotes are close then.
    Coyotes and bobcats are pretty common around Dallas and it's suburbs. There are annual stories, usually unsubstantiated, of folks claiming that their pets have been killed. No doubt that happens but malicious kids usually do most of it.

    We have another place out in the country and we've noted that our dogs (65-75 pound chow/golden retriever mixes) stay strangely quiet when the coyotes start to howl but react normally to dogs barking.

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    Cyburbian tsc's avatar
    Oct 2002
    Under the Table
    Blog entries
    Coyotes are very common in the NYMetro area. I live about 40 miles north of Manhattan... near a large open space parcel. This time of year the pups are born...and do they ever howl at dusk. Cornell University is doing a study of the Coyotes in our area.


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    Cyburbian Mercer's avatar
    Apr 2007
    We just had a brown bear swim from Maury Island to DesMoines WA (small island in the Puget Sound 2 miles from mainland). DesMoines is a small suburb about 10 miles south of downtown Seattle. Needless to say the bear was quikly tranquilized and shipped to the Cascades.

    There are constantly reports of cougar sitings in the sprawling suburbs. Little kitties and puppies (for some reason cougars prefer poodles) are on the dinner menu on a weekly basis.


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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
    May 2005
    Blog entries
    Coyotes are a BIG problem in my neck of the woods. I live in an area that only 15 years ago was mostly farmland and is now consumed by suburban development. There are still splotchy areas of woods, prairie, wetlands, and farmland, and of course, tons of landscaping which makes the area look nice but at the same time attracts the coyotes to make a habitat in the developed areas.

    In my area, coyotes have been known to harm small pets and sometimes children. In fact, recently in the news, a local woman was walking her two poodles. Out of nowhere, a coyote came out of the woods and snatched one of the dogs. The coyote dropped the dog after a man yelled at it. The owner was able to retrieve the dog, who died on the way to the hospital.

    Deer are also a problem. It's not uncommon to be driving through the middle of a residential neighborhood and see a deer eating vegetables and plants in somebody's backyard garden.

    But what are you going to do? People move out to the burbs to live closer to nature, right?

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    Dec 2006
    Los Angeles, California
    In LA coyotes in the downtown region are not yet popping up but they are abundent in Griffith Park ( Its around 4300 acres and a lot of it is semi-native.)

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
    Blog entries

    Oh yeah....

    This place CRAWLS with coyotes....day....night....twilight.....dawn.....dusk.....you name it! I see them on the roads, by the trees, by the lakes, by the by and so on and so forth...... I met Wilie E. Coyote the other night while taking the trash out.....he's a good drinking buddy of mine now.....we both HATE roadrunners

    My parents tell me stories about coyotes following runners around Sloans Lake in Denver and during broad daylight! A side effect of those great radial trail networks
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    - See more at: http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-ph....r7W02j3S.dpuf

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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Emerald Coast
    They're in San Francisco, too.

    Yes, there really are urban coyotes
    Leave them be and don't feed them, says animal control

    Animal Care and Control officials in San Francisco have a few words for people who have spotted coyotes recently in Golden Gate Park and Bernal Heights: "We know."

    And: "Don't feed them."

    And: "No, they won't eat your kids."

    Well, they're not likely to.
    Habitual Offender

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