Locally, the Coyote Cam has failed to record the passing of any Coyotes recently. The camera has been checked and appears to be malfunctioning. Seems the company can’t replace it until early October – we will see! If you enjoy seeing locally photographed Coyotes the lack of their presence is worrisome. Talking with neighbors and others this area seems to have been circumvented by the “Shape Shifter” even though the preferred buffet of squirrels and rabbits’ numbers appear extraordinarily high. There has even been a pair of roadrunners romantically involved over the back fence. We will be watching and reporting the Coyote as he / she appears.
In the last posting a video featuring a “Coyote Attack?” gave a great look at what not to do when confronting Coyotes. In this posting we will be taking a look at bold Coyotes losing their fear of humans as reported in wide ranging locations of North America. Coyotes are intelligent, learning animals, they adapt to their food and shelter resources! The Coyote survives by his / her wits unlike the Wolf and other larger predators. Now days the Coyote thrives perhaps in large part thanks to the individual that created the above mentioned video.
Three separate reports were filed the week ending August 12, 2016 from Los Angeles, California to the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec, Canada to Midstate, Tennessee. Coyotes are becoming more aloof and in two communities, aggressive! The Los Angeles Times article reflected Coyotes were shot by public officials after three humans were bitten. A young girl out walking in Menlo Park, a guy working on his car at home and a homeless person all were being treated for possible rabies infection after being bitten. The suspect Coyotes were undergoing a post mortem to determine if they were in fact, infected with rabies. Mean while in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec as reported by The Suburban and another case reported by the Lebanon Democrat in Midstate, Tennessee Coyotes are being seen for the “very” first time. In the Midstate incident a witness confirmed the killing of a neighborhood dog by a Coyote. Residents in these last two areas are noting the appearance of Coyotes in their midst and state specifically the lack of fear exhibited by those Coyotes.
Readers may remember previous issues of this blog where-in citizens have called for Coyotes to be eliminated by what ever means necessary. Invariably, most residential communities prohibit shooting animals in their neighborhoods. The high risk of collateral damage to humans and buildings is the over riding factor. Then there are communities that allow leg traps to capture Coyotes. However, some citizens in these communities object saying that their pets may be injured by these very same leg traps. Additionally , the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is always present making sure animals are treated humanely. Terminating the Coyote is all but impossible especially when the Coyote was probably here first. Wait a minute here – It is a recorded fact and reflected in past postings, Coyotes were not the first ones here / there. In truth, several areas never had Coyotes in their communities.
Undeveloped lands of forests and deserts have long been home to the Coyote. It is we humans that have moved into the Coyote’s terrtories. We have pushed the Coyotes (along with a great many other animals) out and they are looking for new homes. Only there is less and less habitable land for the Coyote. Looking back over its shoulder the Coyote sees that our parks and neighborhoods offers more then their hard-scrap survival in the wilderness. Remember the Coyote does know how to become almost invisible, at least until they become hungry.
Wait- what about the humans who have been bitten? About 99.9% of those previously Coyote bitten humans are on the mend. How many more humans will be bitten? Herein lies the real question, how much Coyote exposure is too much? The answer is obvious; When enough humans have been bitten! Folks that continue to face Coyotes as was depicted in the video are the ones who will determine how much exposure humans will have to Coyotes!
Stay tuned – there is more to come on the Coyote Cam!