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Let Loose the Coyotes? Chicago Embraces Rat-Hunting Predators


Offbeat  (tags: coyote, set free, chicago, animal control, rat hunting predators, neighbours )

Simone
- 3081 days ago - blogs.discovermagazine.com
The coyote to the right was caught on video running loose in the middle of Chicago at 3:00 am on Monday morning. The police didn't seem to know what it was doing there, but Brad Block, a supervisor for the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control



   

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 12:57 pm
How great is this! I love coyotes. Aren't they beautiful! I certainly hope they find a way of deworming the animals. I had a dog who was suspected of catching and eating a rat on a farm carrying worms and the dog nearly died of intestinal worms.
 

Valerie W (52)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 1:01 pm
Read & noted, thanks Simone!! :) This is AWESOME!! What a natural survivor, to live in a concrete forest, surrounded by man, & unafraid!! BRAVO!! Maybe, this will teach people to bring their small pets, like cats & dogs, INSIDE, where they BELONG!! The night belongs to this wiley predator!
 

Ana F (128)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 1:08 pm
FANTASTICO
 

leanne Torio (244)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 1:40 pm
Gods Plan - we just need to keep out of it!
 

Claudia O (73)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 2:26 pm
This is wonderful! We saw a clip of a Chicago coyote just the other night. We love the coyotes. Living in the country as we do, we want them around to help with rodent control. Too many of our neighbors are still in the 'kill all coyotes' mindset.
 

Irene Leggett (0)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 2:55 pm
Here, in the UK, we have the fox that has moved into the urban areas but unfortunately, a mindless few are set to get them 'culled' As with the coyote, they help to control the rodent population. Long may they all thrive and survive!!!
 

Krasimira B (175)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 2:55 pm
Good news. Noted, thank you Simone.
 

Pamela K (13)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 3:02 pm
Natural pest control!
 

Judith H (27)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 5:08 pm
I hope it works, and those that are against coyotes have a rat problem!
 

Donn M (56)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 5:13 pm
Hmmm, they probably will help thin out the feral cat population, too.
 

linda b (186)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 5:25 pm
Great news thanks Simone.
 

Alec Steury (2)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 10:48 pm
Incredible! A friend of mine recently saw a coyote here in Portland, in a residential neighborhood, and I once saw one on a golf course in the heart of the city as well. What an adaptable creature! A true trickster. Blessings. Thanks for sharing.
 

Diane L (110)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 10:52 pm
This is GREAT! The only issue I'd have with how they're doing this would be in not informing the public and the cops. People panic when they see a wild animal, no matter how harmless to humans it may be. Some idiot is going to go off half-cocked with a loaded gun at the thoought of one of these predators eating "fluffy".

I live in a very rural area, and have packs of coyotes howing outside every night if it's not raining hard. I make sure my cats are inside and my dogs are too big to be concerned about. Coyotes are beneficial if you think about it. I actually enjoy hearing them "singing" and will sometimes join in when I'm outside late at night. My dogs think I'm nuts, but I've noticed the coyotes will either become quiet very quickly, as if they're trying to figure out who I am and WHERE I am, or they'll get closer and louder, like they're inviting me into their "choir".
 

Lisa H (180)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 11:42 pm
The more out of balance an ecosystem gets, the more pests and parasites will move in. If we humans had not completely disrupted our earth, we would not have such problems. Thrilled to hear that some governments are actually wising up to our need for predators!
 

Justin R (0)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:52 am
Stupid. Because in the end when coyotes did their job - then what? They will end up being killed.
Why not approach the rat problem from ist roots: get people to clean up; dirty conditions in-houses and outside breeds rodent overpopulation!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 9:05 am
It's good to see they are trying to create a different ecosystem for animals to thrive. I just hope they can keep things in balance for all involved.
 

janet f (29)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 4:42 pm
I never considered rabbits pests.
 

Diane L (110)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 7:48 pm
Anja, you apparently don't understand that there will always be rats in urban areas (cities), and in the cleanest of conditions. People keep garbage cans near their houses, right? Well, guess what.......rats will be near by! Restaurants put garbage outside to be picked up, as do hospitals, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. Rats will be waiting. Having natural predators keep them under control is preferable to setting out poison in baited traps, which actually are very ineffective, and kill indiscriminatly. I live in a very rural area (read my previous post), and have horses. While I keep my horses' feed in tightly sealed (and very clean) containers, rodents are always around, hence why I have CATS. They do not kill rats, however. Coyotes will.

Janet, I don't consider rabbits pests, either, but I guess in a city, they easily could become so if they're numbers aren't kept under control by some means.
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 10:46 pm
This is the problem with people. They are interfering in the natural food chain.
 

Nuno Correia (18)
Friday November 19, 2010, 8:18 am
rebuilding food chain instead of using pesticides is always good for everyone
 

Roberto Vivas (48)
Friday November 19, 2010, 4:14 pm
No, this is not good news! These Coyotes belong in the wild and should not be let loose to kill our homeless cats and rabbits,even racoons...the best way to control a rat(or any living being you consider a Pest) problem is to seal all cracks in your homes and keep the area around your garbage clear and well covered! This is not the modern day animal gladiatorial games here: animal vs. whatever animal. By being released into the city, puts Coyotes at risk from getting harmed by people...
 

Diane L (110)
Friday November 19, 2010, 4:26 pm
Roberto, yes, that is also my concern (about them being harmed by humans), and in an "ideal" world, there would be no reason for this approach.........ie., everybody would keep garbage in sealed (tight-fitting) containers, etc. However, you're not being realistic. Restaurants, hospitals, markets (grocery stores), discard garbage and unsold food every day into DUMPSTERS, which can't be "sealed" and yes, rats get into them. Rats can squeeze thru cracks less than 1" in diameter, and dig thru almost anything, INCLUDING concrete. Trust me, I've spent YEARS trying to keep them out of my barns and sheds. I've filled their holes & tunnels with CONCRETE and seen new tunnels dug within 24 hours. I think coyotes being used is a much better approach (they're radio-collared) than setting out traps with poison, which can kill the homeless cats and raccoons you're concerned about.
 

Christine S (134)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 9:05 pm
I definitely prefer coyotes catching rats instead of putting out poison...
 

Nathalie Martel (5)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 1:26 am
How refreshing to see humans seeing the positive side of a specie - any specie! This is great and they are so right! Right on.
 
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