It seems that coyotes are colonizing large population centers. This, from the New York Times.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dennis Murphy sniffed the bobcat urine he uses to lure his prey. He checked the silencer on his AR-15 assault rifle and loaded a few snares into his Ford pickup.Coyotes are remarkably adaptive animals, both predator and scavenger and the suburbs are ideally sited to them. With the suburbs come sprawl, garbage cans, little yapping dogs, tracts of un-used land, and all of this is suited to animals that, in the past, humans didn't normally tolerate around their homes.
“Let’s go kill some coyotes,” he said.
But he wasn’t heading for the wilderness. Mr. Murphy’s stalking ground is on the contentious new frontier where hunters are clashing with conservationists: cities and suburbs.
When I lived inn rural America, I knew that I had predators on my land, and I tolerated them. I know for certain that I had a bobcat who crossed my land, a panther that counted my pasture as part of her territory, and the occasional pack of coyotes. We had a truce. The rules were simple. As long as they chased mice and rabbits, didn't bother the livestock, and respected my right to roam, I'd respect theirs. If they got too close to the house, or threatened any of the children or livestock, they got a bullet.
Coyotes are largely associated with their ancestral bastions in the wild lands of the American West, but they are highly adaptable, and in recent years they have been colonizing large population centers throughout North America. The hunters have come after them, stalking the predators in settings like strip mall parking lots, housing tract cul-de-sacs, and plazas in the shadow of skyscrapers.Predators are predators, and we can draw a parallel about the animal predators and the human predators that seem to populate urban centers. Either we control them, or they control s. Personally, I believe that controlling predators is a good thing. Let them adapt to us.
The growing popularity of urban hunting is igniting a fierce debate over the perils and benefits coyotes pose in populated areas, and whether city dwellers ought to adapt to living alongside a cunning predator that has thrived since one of its top adversaries, the gray wolf, has been all but wiped out in much of the continent.
I now live in suburbia, and I occasionally hear a pack of coyotes running the little creek that crosses to the south of the place. It's not an every-day thing, but often enough that it's not unusual. But, the rules haven't changed. If they come up too close to the house, they'll get a bullet. It's neither mean, nor cruel, nor disrespectful. It's just the way it is.