[TN-Bird] Re: coyotes help control Canada geese in suburban settings

Interesting post!
It would be great if coyotes would take more feral cats - another incentive
for the Cats-indoors Campaign.

Melinda Welton
Franklin, TN


> From: "Reese, Carol" <jreese5@xxxxxxx>
> Reply-To: <jreese5@xxxxxxx>
> Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:57:43 +0000
> To: tnbird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [TN-Bird] coyotes help control Canada geese in suburban settings
> 
> A column of mine from several weeks ago that may be of interest to birders.
> The first three lines are headline options for the editor.
> Wait! Was that a bit of wilderness trotting down the alley?...or
> 
> Coyote is not only wily, he may be our unwitting ally...or
> 
> Coyote serenade certainly a sweeter sound than city traffic...
> 
> I rather like to hear coyotes. The high keening stirs something in my heart,
> but I don't get to listen for long. My dogs are also stirred, but in a
> different way. They listen only long enough to take a deep breath and answer
> forcefully.
> 
> I imagine their reply means something like this in canine language. "We are
> here, we are many, we are mighty. Don't you even think about coming this way.
> Hear our strong voices?"
> 
> It's amusing to think of it in these terms and amusement is at a premium when
> the howling erupts during the wee hours. I have tried to shout the dogs down
> before they hit full chorus, but the usually failed effort frustrates me,
> making it more difficult to go back to sleep once howling has subsided. I've
> found it more soothing in the long run to listen appreciatively, and try to
> focus on picking out the best "singers". Spider's voice is impossibly,
> thrillingly high pitched, while Tadpole's is more like the mournful cooing of
> a dove. The beagles' baying seems rounded and full while Abe, the big black
> lab, adds drawling dark bass notes.
> 
> I just float with it, occasionally throwing in a howl of my own just to let
> the dogs know I support them. Feeling like a member of the home team makes
> sleep return more easily.
> 
> I learned recently of coyotes in Chicago fitted with radio collars to keep
> track of their wanderings. The study began in 2000, and has collared about 250
> coyotes and recorded their whereabouts more than 40,000 times. This covered
> only a fraction of this urban coyote population, which has turned out to be
> mostly invisible and mostly beneficial. While coyotes are reported to kill
> small dogs and cats - and these attacks get lots of press - for the most part
> they live off  rodents and rabbits. They are also credited with helping to
> control two species of animals that have become noted suburban pests, Canada
> geese and deer.
> 
> I was tickled reading the article about coyote predation on Canada geese. The
> researcher setting up the cameras at the nests apparently had to suffer many
> attacks from aggressive geese. Coyotes were less tolerant, and would kill the
> defending goose, then take the eggs. Interestingly, they didn't always eat the
> eggs then and there, but would carefully carry them for a bit before burying
> them in a cache for later consumption. You may enjoy the article, found at
> this link: http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issues/fall2005/stakeout.html
> 
> Coyotes did not kill adult deer, but did take fawns, in some areas up to 80%
> of them. This makes the coyote an unexpected ally in areas where
> overpopulation of deer has become a major problem, resulting in destruction of
> both native habitat and suburban landscapes. In some cemeteries, roses left at
> grave side are often eaten by deer before the day is out.
> 
> 
> 
> "There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot."
> - Aldo Leopold<http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/43828.Aldo_Leopold>
> 
> Carol Reese
> Ornamental Horticulture Specialist -Western District
> University of Tennessee Extension Service
> 605 Airways Blvd.
> Jackson TN 38301
> 731 425 4767 email  jreese5@xxxxxxx<mailto:jreese5@xxxxxxx>
> 
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