Living in Coyote Country (and a campaign to stop a hunt)

Living in Coyote Country (and a campaign to stop a hunt)

As mentioned in a previous post, we’ve seen some coyotes in our Southern California residential area recently. One was feasting on a dead squirrel as we drove by late one night; two others were documented on the night camera set up in the alley behind our house. Having grown up in the Chicago suburbs and never hearing a coyote howl until I moved west, I like the sound that reminds me of our coexistence with wildlife.

This article has two purposes: one is sharing what I’ve learned about how to react when I see coyotes in our neighborhood. The other is about a planned coyote hunt in California (2/12 update: see below) [Read more…]

Surprising Monogamy among Animals

Surprising Monogamy among Animals

Articles about infidelity among humans are always a draw for readers, and yes, including me. But I’m even more eager to read articles or research about monogamy among our animal brethren.

It’s true that genetic research [Read more…]

Animal Tracks: Bear, Coyotes and…. a robin

Animal Tracks: Bear, Coyotes and…. a robin

People in snowy climates are lucky in one regard – they can see great animal tracks after snowfalls. Here in So. California I need to drive a half hour up to the mountains. The last two times I’ve seen some interesting tracks in the snow. On yesterday’s hike to a favorite area of mine  (Jenks Lake off Hwy 38  -San Bernardino National Forest, close to Big Bear) I got to see coyotes stalking, of all things, ducks on the lake.

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How to Change Coyote Trapping Practices

How to Change Coyote Trapping Practices

Shortly after we moved to Redlands CA, I read a LA Times article about a tracker hired by a Redlands resident to trap and kill coyotes. It triggered my ‘But we moved into their territory’ reaction. The article gave examples of southern California cities occasionally hiring  a local trapper, Jimmie Rizzo of Animal Pest Management, and also provided criticism from animal advocates. I was always going to check on whether our county or city utilized his services (update – have not found recent examples of this in my city.)

Fast forward to this summer when the LA Times had a number of articles about coyote issues in Calabasas, which later passed a very progressive Coyote Management Plan  [Read more…]