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  •  the ones around here are mostly larger and middle (4+ / 0-)

    sized breeds mixed with coyotes, Original coyotes were imported from GA for fox hunters to use in their fox pens for their dogs to chase.  Instead the coyotes immediately dug out and set up shop, breeding with local canines.

    i have seen all sorts of mixtures but generally pure coyotes stick to the shadows and treelines and do not cross open fields but utilize hedgerows to travel.  Coydogs will cross open fields and tend to come out of the shadows and treelines more readily

    Original importer was fined $20K by the DNR.

    •  I bet you'd have them now anyway (4+ / 0-)
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      Apparently they can really travel.  A friend of mine is doing coyote research.  One aspect is tracking radio collared animals.  A couple of individuals have crossed several states.

      The reason for the study is the growing population around here, central NC.

      •  I am not surprised; hunters in NC also imported (3+ / 0-)
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        animals for their fox pens. the only more disastrous re-introduction was the DNR repopulating the area with beaver  

      •  Coyotes are remarkably versatile & adaptive... (4+ / 0-)

        Fox populations have suffered some because they tend to say in their environmental niche, and that has been shrinking. Coyotes survive nicely even in suburban environments. My siblings see them regularly in their back yards & on the golf courses in Sun City, AZ. They, along with the whitetail deer, have managed to thrive and expand their range and population numbers beyond what they were in pre-Columbian times.

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        by ER Doc on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:37:45 PM PST

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        •  I have read (5+ / 0-)

          that wolves are easier to hunt because they tend to use the same circuits when they patrol for prey; coyotes are less predictable.  Certainly, coyotes seem far better at hiding themselves and surviving in the transient wild places and in the margins of human society.  Here in Chicago, it's a bit remarkable how many coyotes there are, and they are displacing many of the urban and suburban red foxes.  Used to be a number of foxes along the lakeshore here in Chicago.  With the coyotes expanding along the shipping canals and along the Chicago river, the foxes are starting to disappear.  

          “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

          by ivorybill on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:03:58 PM PST

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          •  Factor in also the virulence of human reaction to (0+ / 0-)

            wolves vs coyotes. There are generations of ranchers who have never seen a wolf, who still have histrionic reactions to the mere mention, despite no personal experience. It has been carefully taught.

            Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

            by FarWestGirl on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:22:58 PM PST

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          •  Many differences between wolves and coyotes (0+ / 0-)

            One key is "reproductive strategy."  Wolves as apex predators (or whatever the term is) reproduce more slowly.  Coyotes are also a prey species and reproduce at a rate that presumes a high mortality rate.  The predators who once killed them, however, are less compatible with human presence and impact so are absent in many places.  These were the wolves, wolverines, and golden eagles, according to what I read long ago.

        •  A park wildlife expert in Rock Creek Park in (4+ / 0-)
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          WASHINGTON, DC, told me coyotes are now in every state in the lower 48, and in nearly every county.  My first sight of one in the wild was in RCP, around 4am.  It was in a roadside field, pouncing on small rodents or insects -- the same maneuver foxes use for that purpose.  I was shocked, because at that time I hadn't heard that we had coyotes in the park.

          Pe'Sla isn't safe until the loan is paid off. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe could use some help with that.

          by Kay Observer2 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 10:05:40 PM PST

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