[CT Birds] Coyotes and Wolves

jaybrd49 at aol.com jaybrd49 at aol.com
Tue Sep 28 15:11:52 EDT 2010

 As Dave states, you are much more likely to be bitten by a domestic dog than a wild coyote. Based on a recent conversation with someone who meant well but in reality behaved badly, there are a few additional points to be made here. The first is that all wild animals, if they come to associate people with food, do not always act as a wild animal should. It is imperative that people do not intentionally put out food for wild carnivores in the mistaken belief they are helping them get through the harsh winter months (or worse, in the hopes of getting good video footage). Feeding raccoons, coyotes, bears, skunks, etc. is not like putting up a bird feeder. Once these animals come to depend upon people for food, they lose their innate fear of humans. This is when difficult interactions can occur. These interactions generally do not have a happy outcome for the animal. Animals that hang around houses are more likely to be hit by cars, interact with domestic cats and dogs, and damage property. It is also a fact that feeding wild mammals inappropriate food items (1) lessens their ability to find wild foods should this become necessary as it invariably does and (2) eventually rots their teeth causing a slow death by starvation. It may be exciting to see coyotes and other wild mammals, but view them on their terms rather than by trying to attract them to your yard as you might birds at a feeding station.

Jay Kaplan




-----Original Message-----
From: David F Provencher <david.f.provencher at dom.com>
To: CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tue, Sep 28, 2010 9:27 am
Subject: [CT Birds] Coyotes and Wolves

A year or two ago we had a brief discussion of Coyotes on CTBirds. I pointed out 
at the time that the eastern Coyotes were larger than their western counterparts 
due to hybridization with Wolves in the east. An interesting (though cursory) 
article in the New York Times discusses this as well as the species remarkable 
adaptability and hybridization capabilities. There have been some (I must stress 
VERY few) incidents with humans in recent years as well. As the article points 
out, you are much more likely to be attacked by a domestic dog (or in my case 
bitten by a snake, happened Saturday in NH!) than a coyote.


Dave Provencher
Naturally New England<http://naturallynewengland.blogspot.com/>

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