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  •  Increasingly (3+ / 0-)
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    coyotes are controlling feral cats

    “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 Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:46:12 PM PST

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    •  Do you have some data on that, (1+ / 0-)
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      because the colloquial evidence I've got doesn't suggest that this is the case.

      If that's true, it will change my opinion on Coyotes forever.

      And I always value hard data over colloquial info.

      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 Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:42:35 AM PST

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      •  Data (1+ / 0-)
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        from a study of coyotes in Chicago - 42% rodents, 22% deer (overpopulated in Chicago and includes roadkill), 18% rabbits, 13% birds (canada geese mostly) 30% fruit and vegetable matter, 8% racoons, 2% human garbage, 1% house cats

        If house cats are only 1% of diet, they probably don't control them all that well. I'm perfectly OK with them eating rats and a deer or goose from time to time.

        I do know a lot of folks who have lost cats, and know of two cats that survived coyote attacks (witnessed).  They have been pretty good at forcing red foxes out of areas they have invaded.

        “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 Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:01:53 AM PST

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      •  And I'm rather surprised (1+ / 0-)
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        at how little human garbage they seem to eat.  I suppose that mostly feeds possums and racoons.  

        “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 Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:05:07 AM PST

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      •  Just a lifetime of lost cats. nt (0+ / 0-)

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

        by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:30:43 PM PST

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