Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Coyotes in Palm Beach County: Community benefits, the positive impact, and a new book titled "Coyote Settles the South"

Not long ago coyotes were reported in Greenacres, is that a bad thing? Reports are they're eating feral and roaming cats which are a big problem in Palm Beach County, especially so in Lake Worth. As WPEC/CBS12 reported last year, though, the feral cats are keeping to the lettered streets here in the City. Seriously though, watch this news report from CBS2's Weijia Jiang from Long Island City, NY:
This article in Slate raises some interesting points. First, you can hardly call coyotes a nuisance because they have a tremendous fear of humans and are virtually impossible to find. The video above is a rare one of a coyote roaming (hunting?) within a city's borders. And you could argue that coyotes are good for public health and the environment. Here is an excerpt from the article:

     Gehrt [Stanley Gehrt, head of the Cook County Coyote Project] and his team have just completed a large-scale feral cats study, which found that coyotes are repelling them from natural areas within the city. “That has a positive impact on native fauna,” Gehrt says—cats kill a lot of birds. [emphasis added]

[and. . .]

      All of this would seem to be good news for the New York metropolitan area, which could certainly use a better form of rodent control than dangerous poisons. Even a fraction of the effects seen in Chicago could help restore biodiversity, enrich parks, and counteract decades of environmental damage.
Image from Wikipedia.
Now for the new book Coyote Settles the South by John Lane described as a "personal narrative about the arrival and flourishing of the American coyote in the Southeast". Here is an excerpt from the University of Georgia Press:

Coyote Settles the South is the story of his journey through the Southeast, as he visits coyote territories: swamps, nature preserves, old farm fields, suburbs, a tannery, and even city streets. On his travels he meets, interrogates, and observes those who interact with the animals—trappers, wildlife researchers, hunters, rattled pet owners, and even one devoted coyote hugger. Along the way, he encounters sensible, yet sometimes perplexing, insight concerning the migration into the Southeast of the American coyote, an animal that, in the end, surprises him with its intelligence, resilience, and amazing adaptability.

In the end, maybe the coyote will do what it takes to save our dwindling native bird populations being killed by cats. Our local 'environmentalists' who should care have turned a blind eye to these many species of birds at risk of extinction.