It is that time of the year when Mom and Dad Coyote are pushing last year’s pups out the door and beginning a new family. Mom and Dad will be seen running with the now mature pups. Some folks tend to call these groups packs (wolfs hunt in packs) but in fact for Coyotes it is just a family outing. Randomly Coyotes sometimes do hunt as a unit but those times are rare. More often then not Coyotes tend to be lone, opportunistic predators. The Coyote families are starting to disperse as winter progresses, we see them in our neighborhoods. Coyotes are becoming more habituated all the time as reflected in many previous Coyote Cam articles. National Geographic has a fine article which expands on the dos and don’ts of co-existing with city type Coyotes and this blog’s readers will recognize the article’s recommendations.
Following today’s officer elections of the “Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space” we discussed the various critters roaming about our section of the Rio Grand Bosque. Seems the Coyote was getting a lot of reviews. More importantly for our mostly suburban area is that the number of feral hogs is on the rise, those varmints cause terrible destruction to lawns and gardens. Unfortunately and as our group would agree, predator numbers will rise along with the food source provided by the feral hog piglets. More Coyotes can be a good and or a bad thing depending on their environment. Generally speaking, most city residents will not see feral hogs running about. However, those of us living in the suburban areas often have to endure domesticated farm animals (in the city this includes dogs and cats) going wild or feral. These animals are especially hard to control as they stay close to homes. As has been addressed in this blog on previous occasions, trapping and shooting unwanted animals in and around these locations is highly prohibitive. On a positive note Coyotes provide suburban dwellers an alternative toward controlling unwanted feral animals. On the negative side, when the feral animals are gone the elevated number of Coyotes often become our new unwanted neighbors.
The new year is upon us and winter is casting a chill almost every where in our country. Many folks prefer to remain inside their warm homes at this time of the year. Sadly, following the Holiday season is also the worst time of the year for depression or “cabin fever.” Want a really great mental boost? If the sun is shinning get outside if only for a few minutes. If you are able to take a short walk it is a good time to look out and about your neighborhood to see what tracks are in the newly fallen snow or wet ground. OK – if your home is in frost bite city be sure to take precautions before going outside! Make sure to get out and about for a few minutes if you are able to safely do so.
If you haven’t done so go back and click on the links above. The National Geographic article is a really good read and the FORROS web site might just inspire you to take a more active interest in your own neck of the woods. The Coyote Cam is gathering news from around the country and hopefully, will be more closely associated with a national group in the near future. Any one desiring to ask questions or submit articles for use are encouraged to email the Coyote Cam.
Stay tuned, there is more to come on the Coyote Cam