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  •  Actually, killing coyotes here in the east... (17+ / 0-)

    also makes no sense at all.

    We have exterminated all the top predators, and the combination of open suburbs and former farms returning to scrub & forest have created ideal habitat for white tailed deer. We are absolutely up to our eyeballs in white tails, and the number of active hunters is in steady decline. Look at any forest in our region; everything white tails like to eat has been browsed to death from ground level to six feet up, so you can look hundreds of yards into the woods under that six foot 'ceiling'. The only surviving understory shrubs are the ones the deer won't eat. It's destroying the diversity of the forests and crowding out other wildlife. Add in new global warming-relate pests like the emerald ash borer, and you can see why forests in the east are sick and getting sicker.

    The coyotes are merely filling an ecological void, potentially putting a brake on the exploding white tail population.

    •  Coyotes are too small to hunt deer, (1+ / 0-)
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      but they do hunt other animal populations pretty heavily. They often target pets, or small animals like goats and chickens.

      They're also expert scavengers and they'll go after garbage before they go after deer.

      There's no animal control in a lot of the rural east. Now, Coyotes do fill an important void, but in certain areas their numbers are dangerously high. One of my friends lives near a rural animal shelter. One of the disturbing things that happens is that people will literally drive up, push animals out of their vehicles, and drive off, expecting the animal shelter staff to come out and chase down the animals. Feral cats are a huge problem in his area as a result.

      We're talking about a family that raises chickens to put food on the table. If they didn't farm a bit, they would starve. So shooting animals like coyotes and feral cats is necessary for some of these families to eat.

      There are important conversations to have about broken ecology, but even in a broken ecology, people have to eat.

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:49:07 PM PST

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    •  Anything less than 100 pounds is at risk from (5+ / 0-)

      a small "litter size" pack. Coyotes can be devastating predators. Larger packs can take down larger animals by worrying their legs.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 07:59:02 PM PST

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