They’re out there. You probably don’t see them – but they are out there. Coyotes are everywhere – urban areas as well as rural. And they can cause problems.
Coyotes. If you are reading this in the comfort of your high-rise condo, you probably don’t think much about them. If you live on a farm, you might think about them every day, especially if you own livestock.
Even those of us who live in the suburbs and small towns have likely run across one in our travels to and from home.
While I wouldn’t say there is a coyote problem in these parts, people should be aware they are out there. And as we progress into Ohio’s winter, coyotes, like all wild animals, will be desperately looking for food.
Although incidents have been rare, I do recall hearing of a coyote jumping a fence in a rural area around here to attack a small dog, which was seriously injured before the owner heard the commotion and scared the predator away.
In a Florida community citizens have been trying to trap a “nuisance” coyote after some pets have come up missing in recent days. A security camera recorded a rather emaciated coyote chasing a cat in a backyard. Since the town sits on the edge of a state park, the state wildlife service stepped in, saying it’s illegal to trap coyotes there, so the citizens will just have to keep pets indoors.
You can learn all about coyotes in a new book, Understanding Coyotes by Michael Huff, an experienced coyote hunter, photographer and guide from Pennsylvania.
When you read this short book (111 pages) you have to be impressed with the amount of research Huff has put into it. Although I do not know this for a fact, I suspect Huff has experienced many of the observations he makes, thought about them and then looked at the science to back them up.
He cites many coyote studies throughout the U.S. and Canada and presents the findings in such a way the general public should have no trouble understanding all aspects of coyotes.
If you are a coyote hunter, the book is a must-read before your next trip, but even if you just want to observe them you’ll find the information in this book invaluable.
The only criticism I have is Huff didn’t include much in the way of actual coyote hunting recollections. As an experienced hunter and photographer of coyotes, he has to have had some memorable incidents over the years. Perhaps that is being left for Huff’s next book.
Understanding Coyotes is selling on Amazon for $19.95, It can also be obtained at createspace.com or masterpredatorhunting.com.
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