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...]

At Last, Media Coverage of Federal Wildlife Killing

At Last, Media Coverage of Federal Wildlife Killing

I’ve written about the Project Coyote’s efforts (see end of post for my impression of their leader, Camilla Fox) to promote co-existence with coyotes and other wildlife, and mentioned the estimated half-million coyotes killed each year. I’m not sure if I included that the U.S. federal government – at taxpayer expense – kills 80,000 to 90,000 coyotes annually. Fox  has said that changing this practice is their  most challenging effort.

Finally, the media is addressing this issue. [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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Coyote Trapping Planned for Carson CA

Coyote Trapping Planned for Carson CA

If you live in SoCal and particularly Carson  – and are concerned about plans to kill coyotes –  please read below from Bee Simpson of  ProjectCoyote. (see  my  previous blog about them

2/11/12 Update: Carson Trapping Plan Continues – The city decided to go ahead and remove the coyotes. Letters/emails still help. Meanwhile, Bee and others continue to work with city. [Read more...]

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...]