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Watch Out Urbanites, Here Come the Carnivores


Animals  (tags: wildlife, wildanimals, animals, urban migration, humans, animalwelfare, animaladvocates )

Cal
- 655 days ago - enn.com
Raccoons, skunks, possums and certain other animals have long been city dwellers, but now larger wild carnivores are moving into urban areas, according to a symposium presented today at EcoSummit 2012



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Julie P. (149)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:40 pm
We all need to learn how to co-exist with wildlife. Chicago has also found the coyotes are helping to control the rats and mice.

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Danuta sent me the link to the following project entered in the competition:

"Promoting Human/Bear Coexistence through Education and Action"

"For 20 years the Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre for Bears has been caring for and returning to the wild, injured or orphan bears. Mike McIntosh the president spends time speaking to school groups, nature clubs, cub/scouts/girl guides and others about his topic entitled "Understanding Bears". Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre for Bears(BWU) is authorized through Mike to care for, return to wild, live trap, sedate/tranquilize and practice aversive conditioning when required to resolve human/bear conflicts - (commonly known as nuisance bears) by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Police will call BWU to help alleviate a tricky situation involving a bear and the public. BWU gets many calls from the general public regarding nuisance bears. Bear With Us through Mike has a good working relationship with Ministry of Natural Resources personal.
Problem and Concern: The government of Ontario in 2012 demanded severe cutbacks including the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Ministry's excellent BEAR WISE program has been gutted. The MNR is no longer able to deal with human/bear conflicts or nuisance bears in a direct manner. An example would be live trapping the bear and translocating the bear to another location away from conflict. The MNR has done this for years. Mike through BWU has performed similar activity in the Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts in Ontario. Solution: Now that the local MNR personal are no longer able to deal with bears and human conflict, Bear With Us needs to take action in bigger way. This would include expanding the education program and intensifying the human/bear conflict resolution activities in the Parry Sound and Muskoka Districts.
A positive environmental impact will be the result : People will better learn how to coexist with our indigenous wildlife, bears in this case. Understanding bears and their motives reduces fear, increases awe and greatly enhances the experience of cottaging, camping, canoeing and living in the beautiful area of Parry Sound and the Muskoka Districts.
Success can be measured : Reduced needless killing or injuring of bears. Success will also result in the reduced chance of a person being injured by a bear. Success will be realized by people enjoying their experience inclusive of wildlife in the area."

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John C. (79)
Friday October 5, 2012, 10:21 pm
I certainly cannot say that I live in an Urban area. I do know what it is like to have 11 bunnies in my yard with coyotes hunting them. They seem to find a way to live in spite of our own best efforts. The lattice that encloses my deck has been slapped away by cats that weigh upwards of 160 lbs. Shy and nocturnal it is a once in a lifetime thing to meet one in the daylight. These creatures try very hard to find a way to live with us. They do not try to eat you unless you dress up as a cat toy and pedal a bicycle real fast. It excites them no matter how much you want to be healthy.
 

John C. (79)
Friday October 5, 2012, 10:38 pm
certainly cannot say that I live in an Urban area. I do know what it is like to have 11 bunnies in my yard with coyotes hunting them. They seem to find a way to live in spite of our own best efforts. The lattice that encloses my deck has been slapped away by cats that weigh upwards of 160 lbs. Shy and nocturnal it is a once in a lifetime thing to meet one in the daylight. These creatures try very hard to find a way to live with us. They do not try to eat you unless you dress up as a cat toy and pedal a bicycle real fast. It excites them no matter how much you want to be healthy.
 

John C. (79)
Friday October 5, 2012, 10:44 pm
Sorry for the double post ....It just never showed up at the time and I thought it went into outer space instead of who I was trying to communicate to.
 

Evelyn W. (15)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 7:58 am
We need to learn to share
 

Veronique L. (210)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:24 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Darla Taylor (110)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 11:02 am
Noted. Thanks so much, Cal. I think we need tolearn to live with these animals as we are moving into their territory to begin with. I live in the middle of a huge city but have only seen raccoons and opossums along with the usual birds and squirrels. However. I have friends who live close to the outskirts of the city who think a coyote got one of their cats. I've also heard of coyotes in parts of a neighboring city from another friend.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:24 pm
Noted.thanks Cal.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:46 pm
Animals are not the invaders.

Invaision is a primary perversion of predator people,
 

kye j. (41)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:46 pm
Horrible humans are infringing on animals territory.
 

bilja k. (48)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:11 pm
returning to their ancestral areas.
 

Dianne D. (453)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:28 pm
Don't be fooled to think the coyotes aren't in your neighborhoods. They are everywhere and will come into the neighborhoods looking for food, which is typically small pets.
 

Lydia S. (71)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 5:42 pm
Yes, humans have encrouched on " their " territory, but a little common sense goes a long way! Elevating the "interactions" between the predator & prey (us or our pets) to a "beautiful thing", can be quite foolish! It's "beautiful" until you find your beloved pet in pieces; or severely injured & requiring euthanizing; or some other tragic situation.

Yes, we need to "share", but "coexisting" SAFELY, is quite impossible, when it comes to large predators such as cougars, alligators, wolves, bears, etc. They need to be removed to wilderness areas -- for their safety and ours!

The link below is very interesting reading ... might be disturbing at times, regarding wildlife attacks.

http://www.yellowstone-bearman.com/Tim_Treadwell.html
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:16 am
In Australia we have had urban foxes for quite a while. I've had one come in through my somewhat large cat door into my kitchen, where i saw it finish off the cat food. Then I knew that the cat had not got less fussy about her food, but now had someone to cover up her fussiness!
 

Ruth S. (314)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:37 am
Poor animals, people have invaded their homes, where are they going to go!?
 

Amanda C. (0)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 7:50 am
People need to stop taking the animals land away from them! They need somewhere to live!
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 9:23 am
Carnivores are not the problem. Urban sprawl is the problem.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:01 pm
noted
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:02 pm
noted
 

janet f. (29)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:14 pm
No big deal. Animals and people have co-existed in NYC since forever.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:10 am
noted, thank you Cal
 

SANDRA R. (147)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 3:42 am
Noted. Thank you Cal.
 
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