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When Coyotes and People Share A Neighborhood

Animals  (tags: coyotes, human-coyote conflict, attacks, pets, animals, AnimalWelfare, environment, habitat, protection, wildlife )

- 3408 days ago -
Dickson thinks Barry was attacked by a coyote. She had just gotten home after 7:30 a.m. after taking her son to school and noticed Barry was not running around her yard as usual. After she called his name, the dog came out of the garage, limping badly.

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Leigh B (211)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 11:25 pm
Coyotes are dangerous when looking for food. I rescued several puppies from being drowned on a farm. I later found out that coyotes had been attacking my friends calves and when he investigated further, several coyotes and a chow running with them had all been shot on a sheep farm nearby. This occurred about 10 miles where I live now, its called urban sprawling and as long as this occurs, more and more citings and attacks are going to occur. I knew Sam was part chow because of her purple tongue and curled tail and I had an inkling she was wild because as a puppy she just wasn't normal. Afraid of everybody and everything. Sam has a lot of wild tendencies, but because of the way I raised her, she is loving, gentle, loves children and also my heart! Very, very extremely intelligent and I understand now why the indians call them the trickster because of some of her behaviors. I had her paw tracts inked and tatooed on my back so that she will always be with me forever.

Susan d (61)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 5:43 pm
I do despair when people say how they live in a wonderful area - abounding with wildlife but that there are coyotes as well. Well that is exactly what coyotes are - wildlife. They are much maligned creatures - much as the fox has been in England for centuries. These are intelligent, social animals who are finding their territory being encroached by human habitation. These same humans leave out debris and garbage that for the coyote is easy pickings. People have to take some responsibility for these animals becoming bolder - you really can't blame the coyotes. We have coyotes here in Calgary. My house is next to First Nation lands. I ensure that my dog is never left out in the garden on her own and that my fencing is secure. It is not so difficult to live WITH nature rather than against it.
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