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Urban Invasion!
10-08-2012, 10:25 PM #1
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Coyotes may soon be hanging out in your backyard

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”

Those creatures had Dorothy worried on the yellow brick road in "The Wizard of Oz" – and now you may need to worry about seeing them and other large carnivores in your backyard, an Ohio State University researcher says.

OK, there shouldn’t be any tigers – they aren’t found in the wild in North America – but lions (mountain), bears, wolves and coyotes are finding urban areas to be just right for a comfortable existence, says Stan Gehrt, an associate professor of environment and natural resources.

Gehrt says coyotes are leading the urban invasion by formerly rural carnivores.

“The coyote is the test case for other animals. Raccoons, skunks, foxes – they’ve already been able to penetrate the urban landscape pretty well. The coyote is the most recent and largest,” Gehrt said in a university press release.

One pack of coyotes has established a territory and is thriving about five miles from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the third busiest airport in the country, according to Budget Travel.

“That’s an indication that they don’t have to go far to find food and water. They’re finding everything they need right there, in the suburbs of Chicago,” Gehrt said.

Coyotes spotted in New York City

And he said the urban environments may be even better than rural ones for the coyotes, with pups surviving in urban areas at five times the rate they do in rural settings.

“They’re so adaptable and so opportunistic,” Gehrt said. “In adjusting to urban life, they may change dietary items and habitat use, and become nocturnal, whereas in the country they’re active day and night. But with other things, they don’t change at all. Here, they’re able to maintain their social structure, territorialism, packs and mating system, even in the face of all these challenges of trying to live among 9 million people.”

In an earlier release, Gehrt said one trait that may be helping coyotes thrive in urban areas is their monogamy, which means dads are around to help raise the kids.

“If the female were to try to raise those large litters by herself, she wouldn’t be able to do it. But the male spends just as much time helping to raise those pups as the female does,” he said.

The urban coyotes pose little danger to humans, Gert said, and can be easily scared off by yelling at them or throwing a rock at them.

“You’re doing them a favor. They show a healthy respect and fear of people and that’s the way it should be,” he said.


Frustrated Residents: Raccoons Slowly Taking Over New York City


A turf battle of sorts is taking place in some neighborhoods.

Raccoons are invading.

They’re getting into garbage cans, backyards and even breaking into homes. And what’s more, these resourceful raccoons are outsmarting the most determined of trappers, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported.

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn resident Susan DeBrango snapped pictures of the suspects, their faces masked, trying to get inside her home.

“They are adorable but not in your backyard when they impact your life,” DeBrango said. “When he saw at me he stood up on two legs and hissed at me.”

They are getting more brazen on Washington Avenue, rummaging through trash, and running right up to neighbors. One even went face-to-face with Barbara Mattocks on her own front stoop.

“I don’t want that feeling ever again. I was petrified,” Mattocks said.

It’s gotten so bad, one 3-year-old Maltese named ‘Snowball,’ who used to love to play outside, is now a prisoner in his own home, according to his owner.

“He refuses to go out in the yard,” Mattocks said.

Neighbors said they called 3-1-1 but were told the city will not respond unless the raccoons appear disoriented and potentially rabid. So, the residents chipped in for the services of a humane trapper. However, in three weeks of setting out cat food in cages not a single raccoon was caught.

Raccoon experts said they are not surprised.

“They are extremely intelligent animals. In terms of trying to trap them, once they’ve been trapped once they’ll know not to go in that trap again,” said Rich Weddle of the Animal Husbandry Department at Liberty Science Center.

Weddle said raccoons can spread rabies and distemper, which is a concern for dogs, not to mention parasites, fleas and ticks.

“Some child or some person is going to have to get attacked. Maybe somebody’s pet. Why does it have to come to that?” DeBrango said.

DeBrango said she is organizing a public meeting on Oct. 17, calling it a “Raccoon Summit,” with neighbors, local politicians and raccoon experts. That’s because fighting foes this resourceful means securing trash can lids, bringing cat, dog and bird food inside, and making house repairs to cut them off from cozy places to sleep.

The idea is to hopefully force these crafty characters to move on.


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10-08-2012, 10:51 PM #2
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Racoons were quite intimidating when I lived in Florida, you didn't dare take the trash to the dumpster at night. They would growl, snap and yip at you if you get within a few feet of it. On the upside, never lived anywhere that had so much wildlife. Birds, turtles, foxes, gators and if you were really unlucky the occasional skunk-ape. damned.gif
I do miss that about Florida... the climate chuckle.gif November to May, best place on the planet.

10-08-2012, 11:24 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Wow! Nothing too wild going on here in the urban areas. Probably because the urban areas are so small compared to the wilderness. The random moose or bear wanders in once in a while, but that's the exception. I think it's a good idea for any wild animal to be scared of humans.
10-09-2012, 12:16 AM #4
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Yeah, hope I don't see any random bears walking out the back door uhoh.gif

10-09-2012, 12:30 AM #5
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(10-09-2012, 12:16 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  Yeah, hope I don't see any random bears walking out the back door uhoh.gif


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10-09-2012, 12:40 AM #6
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chuckle.gif One thing I do have a fear of is running between a mother and her cubs. uhoh.gif

10-09-2012, 01:04 AM #7
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chuckle.gif One thing I do have a fear of is running between a mother and her cubs. uhoh.gif

That's why you must be able to put two rounds between and above the eyes of momma bear with the 45 you carry in the woods, while you're moving !.

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10-09-2012, 01:21 AM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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Or climb a tree. chuckle.gif

Only bears we have are (Eurasian) brown bear and the adults don't climb trees, only the cubs. I'd hate to kill momma bear just because my stupid ass doesn't know how to behave in the wild. Best to avoid that type of scenario altogether.

10-09-2012, 02:12 AM #9
Upāsaka Member
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Might want to trim down on the copy and paste of full articles, don't want to give msm poo a reason to shut down the site.

Thanks to Colbert I've known about the bear threat for some time

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10-09-2012, 01:35 PM #10
florida boy Incognito Anonymous
carry a squirt gun with ammonia in it.....;)



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