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Coyotes, bears, and lions:
the new urban pioneers?

Christian Science Monitor, by Patrik Jonsson

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 10/6/2012 3:13:57 PM

Atlanta - Americans have been moving from the country to the city for decades, so maybe it’s not surprising that researchers are finding a similar pattern among other North American apex predators. New research suggests mountain lions and bears may be following the urban pioneering of raccoons, foxes and, most notably, coyotes as they slowly encroach on major US metro areas from New Jersey to California. In the case of coyotes, they don’t even mind the density, with some coyote packs now confining themselves to territories of a third of a square mile.

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Look out for 'critters'. They are moving in next door.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mesa II, 10/6/2012 3:27:24 PM     (No. 8914554)

It never ceases to amaze me that the same environmentalists that hysterically insist on evolution as the source of all things and man's encroachment as the end of all things either don't know or reject one of the main tenants of evolution theory - adaptation. They are witnessing it now!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dvc, 10/6/2012 3:32:21 PM     (No. 8914563)

As these larger, wild carnivores become more common in suburbia, suburbanites will eventually cease to find them cute. After enough of the neighborhood pets and children have been attacked or threatened, we will once again insist on killing them off.

We eventually will relearn the lessons that our forefathers learned. Most people make the foolish assumption that the world is a safe place, where children and pets can wander unmolested. This is at odds with reality unless we ruthlessly eliminate the human and animal preditors that would prey on us and ours. Pretending that this is not necessary is foolish and at some level, suicidal. We are not at that level yet, but the trend is clear.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tivadoc, 10/6/2012 3:51:58 PM     (No. 8914591)

We now have coyotes in my suburban neighborhood. The local house cat population was the first easy target, there are no more "outside cats" now. I recently heard a local mom telling the story about her little dog that ran away. Total denial about the problem, these are the same folks who advocated birth control for deer. That plan failed, sharp shooters worked, here we go again.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: southernboy, 10/6/2012 3:54:44 PM     (No. 8914594)

I really hope no pets or children are killed and/or eaten by these predators….But if one is, may it belong to the ones whose hearts bleed for mans' 'cruelty' to wildlife.
The ones who saw Bambi and believe that's the way animals live in the wild….or the suburbs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/6/2012 5:12:50 PM     (No. 8914709)

I welcome the Critter-Americans to our cities. It's about time we welcome them among us in time for dinner.
Where's my shotgun?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: frede, 10/6/2012 7:09:27 PM     (No. 8914892)

We need some wild animal which can control the Muslim population.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/7/2012 6:21:11 AM     (No. 8915343)

This story is BS. If you live in NY, we have the great DEC who has transplanted bears, lions, wolves, etc. in the 'forever wild' Adirondack Park. That means no hunting there. When the population exploded, the DEC traps them and brings them out to civilization so they can prey on us.

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