It appears someone in Arlington Heights, Ill thinks they need to support their local wildlife – WRONG! Neighbors are up in arms as one of their own is suspected of feeding “home cooked meals” then leaving said meal under a nearby tree for the local Coyotes. What is wrong with these folks? It is not just this Blog warning about the problems with desensitizing Coyotes but many state ordinances do prohibit the feeding of wildlife for that very reason. The ideal situation is to haze or make the Coyote’s life miserable hoping that it will seek other locations for their feeding and den sites. Maybe some law abiding citizen in that neighborhood has their home security cameras trained on the tree drop off. Lets help stop well intended BUT totally misguided folks from doing the wrong thing – Do Not Feed The Wild Life!
Unfortunately, in Northern New Jersey (Saddle River) a woman was out walking her dog one evening this month when confronted by a “pack” of Coyotes. The article does not describe how many Coyotes were in the pack but suffice it to say the word “pack” suggests there were more then two. Here in the southwest Coyotes do not normally hunt in packs but rather family groups (four to five) specifically during this time of the Coyote’s life cycle. Coyote parents are teaching their pups/youngsters to hunt thus their numbers might suggest a pack. The article does not mention what type of Coyote comprised the “pack.” Another intriguing problem on the east coast is that the standard Coyote there is a good deal heavier then the standard Coyote found here in the southwest. Add to that larger size an even larger Coyote easterners refer to as a “Coywolf” (65% Coyote, 25% Wolf and 10% Dog) and now the animal becomes very intimidating! Thus, these two factors, the size and number of animals confronted would cause anyone to be alarmed let alone an older woman walking her small dog at twilight.
– Coywolf –
Just to remind everyone reading this issue – be prepared when you go out for a walk with or without your pet. Even if you don’t require a cane to walk get into the habit of carrying a big stick for those daily/evening walks! Most animals met on the street (with the exception of the two-legged variety) are frightened by something larger then they are – waive your “big stick” and arms in the air, yell “go away.” Keep yelling and waiving your arms pretty soon the animal will retreat or run off plus you stand a fair chance of attracting other humans to your predicament. Anything that makes a lot of noise is good thing too, some one mentioned canned-air horns! A coach’s whistle will work and may be a tad less expensive in the long run. Believe it or not a soda can filled with rocks makes a great rattle noise and has been used to scare off Coyotes.
That brings this week’s edition of the Coyote Cam to a close. Be sure to look for the upcoming edition of the Coyote Cam when we look into recent sightings of “Zombie Dogs.” Yes, ghosts and hobgoblins are not scheduled until later during Halloween but apparently these apparitions are making an early appearance!
Stay tuned, there is more to come on the Coyote Cam.