Aug 12, 2019 at 12:26 am #3605668
I was vaguely aware of their existence but was aware of some eagles and other animals that died as a result of eating poisoned carrion, although I’m not sure if it was cyanide or something else.
I don’t claim to know all the variables here but it sounds pretty indiscriminate and doesn’t pass the sniff test (no dark humor intended).
If you have some first hand experience with this, I’d like to hear your thoughts.Aug 12, 2019 at 5:28 am #3605707William ChiltonBPL Member
No first hand experience, but there was a report on it in the Guardian newspaper a couple of days ago.Aug 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm #3605730Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Yeah, I’ve heard about that. People’s dogs get into them (and die).
that seems like a bad, indiscriminateAug 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm #3605735W I S N E R !BPL Member
Dan Flores discusses these as well as predator management policy/history in Coyote America. I’d highly recommend it.Aug 12, 2019 at 3:23 pm #3605747obx hikerBPL Member
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Second the above. Great book and lots of info on this and other highly questionable tactics to “control” or really eliminate Coyotes that ironically back-fired in major ways including lots of indiscriminate killing of other animals. The cyanide was in the form of some sort of exploding capsule. Lots of other nasty poisons.
One takeaway is that the Coyote genetic bureaucracy out-maneuvered and outlasted the pest control bureaucracy. Survival of the fittest. Coyotes just recently made it to this far coast and I don’t think they’ve yet made the next jump to Hatteras Island. Lots of local alarm at these new fellow travelers so this book was really interesting and timely. A very well-written page turner and perspective adjustment.Aug 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm #3605766
Thanks all. I’ll check that book outAug 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm #3606372Aug 17, 2019 at 4:08 am #3606425Aug 18, 2019 at 2:19 am #3606537Bill in RoswellBPL Member
@roadscrape88Locale: Roswell, GA, USA
Ironically, the Cumberland Island National Park staff recently eliminated the last of the coyotes that hopped over (swimming was their only access). It took the park staff several years of night hunting in the dunes to take out the pack. The coyotes lived off deer and small game. Then they discovered sea turtle eggs which the coyotes would raid every night during nesting season. That was the beginning of the end of the island hopping coyotes. BTW, this summer was the largest sea turtle hatch ever known along the southeastern Atlantic coast beaches and barrier islands. Quite a comeback species thanks to the efforts of a lot of volunteers and college staffs.Aug 21, 2019 at 9:07 pm #3607072
Thanks Bill and Dondo
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