America’s Coyote #nature #science #biology #environment

Coyote pups

Coyote pups

Coyote is our canid,
A true American,
For a million years
Remaining at his origin.

Coyote’s always waiting,
Coyote’s always hungry,
And so we have waged war on him
All across the country.

Kill half a million every year
On foot, in trucks, from planes,
But Coyote found a refuge
Where humans aren’t their bane.

He spread from coast to coast,
From plains to cities, towns,
To parks, and urban sprawl,
To built himself a home.

He thrives on rats and mice
That follow mankind’s rise,
Absorbing genes from wolf and dog,
That’s how Coyote thrives.

America’s own avatar,
Our native totem beast,
Howling out your anthem,
May your singing never cease.

By Kate Rauner

I’ve been intrigued by stories of coyotes’ success surviving rural attempts at extermination and now moving into cities – the stories keep coming. Thanks to nationalgeographic.com coyotes and urban animals.

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Wild American Towns

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Wildlife likes cat food

Recently, I read an article about wildlife in cities.  We may expect cities to displace birds, animals, and plants, buttwo-thirds of the native plant and bird species continue to exist in cities” and some species are evolving to thrive in urban areas.  Large parks and intentional attempts to provide habitat would improve the situation for wildlife.

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Coyote on train, Portland Oregon, Dennis Maxwell AP

Not all urban species may be welcomed with open arms.  That old trickster, the coyote, adapts well to suburbs and cities, as do skunks and raccoons.  All these critters can be dangerous, especially if you expect them to act like characters in a Disney movie.  But if you treat them with respect and plan for your own safety as well as theirs, cities can be refuges.  I live on the border of the Gila National Forest and living with wildlife is, on balance, a good thing.

“The overall picture is not bleak. Cities can provide new habitats that may be quite different from those in natural ecosystems but can still support a variety of species.”

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Look closely – that’s a penguin nest in a storm drain in Cape Town