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Earthwatch - The Legacy Of An Urban Coyote

There are 18 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Nov 14, 2007, titled Earthwatch - The Legacy Of An Urban Coyote. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

Nature regularly displays her dominance over the domain of man. But all too often man does the damage.

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Kellie

AOL

#1 Nov 14, 2007
Please don't euthanize this coyote tommorrow. We are here to protect Mother Earth, not destroy it.
Oakhurst resident

United States

#2 Nov 16, 2007
Thank you so much for reporting the environmental side of the story! I am an environmental attorney who lives in Oakhurst and am deeply troubled by the capture of the coyote in the neighborhood. I greatly appreciate Mr. Ellis taking the time last night to educate my neighbors about coexisting with coyotes. Please keep providing the public the positive side of the environmental wonders of having coyotes as a neighbor. Responsible pet owners and parents should have nothing to fear. Let's work to delist the coyote as a nuisance animal for the betterment of the environment.
JoeBob

Holly Springs, NC

#3 Nov 19, 2007
That's all well and fine and I agree that domestic dogs attack more but the fact remains that coyotes are a high end opportunistic predator that WILL eat your cats!
JoeBob

Holly Springs, NC

#4 Nov 19, 2007
Look guys I believe we should try to live in harmony with all Gods creatures but this is not a ferral cat or a new varity of squirrel coyotes are a large, high end ,opportunistic predator that will eat your cats.
Jawga Boy

Atlanta, GA

#5 Nov 19, 2007
I simply can't wait for the Coyote VS the Pitbull war!
Where's Mike Vick?

Got popcorn?
Caren

Buford, GA

#6 Nov 19, 2007
As the most intelligent living species on this planet, our job is to protect this planet and all living things on it. Instead we chose to kill that which we don't understand or don't want to deal with. How sad. One day we'll pay for all that we've destroyed. Who do we think we are? What right do we have to kill for no other than because we are inconvenienced. Keep your pet inside where they belong, and leave the Coyotes alone. They have a right to live as much as any of us do.
Sarah

Lawrenceville, GA

#9 Nov 21, 2007
Species that migrate naturally are not considered invasive. Ecosystems are balanced to deal with such situations.

Cats, on the other hand, have been unleashed to create ecological havoc on EVERY continent. They are invasive and are responsible for billions of animals killed every year. They should be kept indoors.
bremen alum

Columbia, MD

#11 Nov 22, 2007
Wedge1 wrote:
<quoted text>This thing is a predator unnatural to Ga. They account for a major loss in red fox and quail populations. There is a year round hunting season on Coyotes as they are considered varmits.
To date this year, coyotes have killed 12 of my calves, and ripped the udder's open on 3 nursing cows. I have 16 pelts hanging in my barn and will add to them at any opportunity.
jocelyn coulter

Lawrenceville, GA

#12 Nov 22, 2007
We need to work together on this one. Urban coyotes vs country coyotes, there is a difference. I am personally all for coyotes being where they want, in particularily the wild.. but what we a looking at is how and if people should actively control them, ie. kill them. In the city they would be an ally.. and keep your cats inside. In the country, well, they are just doing their thing either way. You can do your thing as well but one narrow perspective on this need not threaten the lives of all the coyotes. They have come here because humans have made more opportunities for them. Curb the oppurtinties if you want to try, but they should not have to die. It is not a solution because more will fill their place, that's what living things were created to do.
Luann

Atlanta, GA

#14 Nov 26, 2007
I live in Paulding county with coyotes in my woods (and fox). I also have accumulated 15 cats dumped by subdivision people who believe a cat can live in the wild (they can't).
I fix the cats and allow them live in the barn. I lost 5 cats to roaming dog attacks this year, none have been lost to coyotes. I think the coyote should be relocated and the subdivision people fined for having unaltered cats or dumping them.
Sarah

Lawrenceville, GA

#15 Nov 26, 2007
Wedge1 wrote:
<quoted text>You should do some research on the Flat-head Catfish and Coyotes and the impact they have had in Ga. I agree %100 about the cats. Wisc. was actually going to have a hunting season for these wild cats , but public pressure halted that move.
Invasive species such as the flathead catfish have huge ecological impact. However, the flathead catfish, the brownheaded cowbird, english starlings, kudzu, fire ants....etc were all introduced to regions that they were not native. They did not naturally migrate. The reason coyotes are able to thrive is because a niche was left open by the gray wolves that used to be abundant in the area.

Coyotes, while they will kill a fox if the fight were to arise, do not hunt the fox. They are actually known to coexist quite well as the coyotes kill off unnatural predators that kill the prey that the fox thrives on. You should do your reasearch.

I'm not sure that hunting season on feral cats would go over so well, though it would be effective!
Sarah

Lawrenceville, GA

#17 Nov 26, 2007
They really don't compete for the same food, and the food sources that are available are plentiful (otherwise the coyote would not be able to take over the gray wolf niche).

Foxes tend to stick to smaller prey and are not quite as adaptable. They mostly thrive on insects and worms though they do occasionally capture small mammals. Coyotes (as is the problem) prefer larger meals. Most of the time foxes and coyotes actively avoid eachother, establishing completely separate territories.
cgatlanta

Marietta, GA

#18 Dec 4, 2007
Luann wrote:
I live in Paulding county with coyotes in my woods (and fox). I also have accumulated 15 cats dumped by subdivision people who believe a cat can live in the wild (they can't).
I fix the cats and allow them live in the barn. I lost 5 cats to roaming dog attacks this year, none have been lost to coyotes. I think the coyote should be relocated and the subdivision people fined for having unaltered cats or dumping them.
I agree that something should be done to control the dogs and cats that are allowed to roam freely. So many pet owners think there is nothing wrong with their dogs and cats fighting with each other, contracting diseases, killing birds and other wildlife,or other cats and dogs, aren't bothered by their pets being struck and killed by motor vehicles (they don't even pick up their pet's remains from the roadways) and yet, they worry about coyotes catching and killing their pets. It amazes me how stupid people are when they think their pets are safe from harm and diseases while roaming about breeding whenever and being hurt or killed by motor vehicles, fighting with each other, etc., etc. So many people don't even obey leash laws. Keep your pets indoors where they will be safe and when you take them outside, take them on a leash or either keep them in a safe, fenced yard that cannot be penetrated by coyotes. It is possible to live in harmony with wild animals. Why even have a pet if you are not going to properly take care of it and keep it safe? You people who don't want wildlife around are sorry excuses for human beings.
MY LITTLE JINX

Lilburn, GA

#21 Aug 21, 2011
This is to all the non beleivers ,

I live in Lilburn Ga my cat was taken out from my back porch by a coyote because my neighbor left the sliding glass door open , how do I know this , because I am a advid hunter and trapper. There is evidence that he was killed in the house. I found what was left of him 150 feet from the house in the back yard. I must have spooked them when I got home around 7am because all that was left was his frontal lobe and bottom jaw. No BLOOD No Guts , just his face was left. Coyotes eat everything vs domestic dogs who just kill for fun.

THERE NEEDS TO BE A BOUNTY FOR KILLING COYOTES ITS ONLY GETTING WORSE IF THEY HAVE NO NATURAL PREDETORS AND NO ONE IS HUNTING THEM THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. I WILL BE TRAPPING AND HUNTING COYOTES FROM NOW ON ALL YEAR AROUND TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESNT HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY LITTLE JINX

“Yet another average white man.”

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#22 Aug 22, 2011
MY LITTLE JINX wrote:
This is to all the non beleivers ,
I live in Lilburn Ga my cat was taken out from my back porch by a coyote because my neighbor left the sliding glass door open , how do I know this , because I am a advid hunter and trapper. There is evidence that he was killed in the house. I found what was left of him 150 feet from the house in the back yard. I must have spooked them when I got home around 7am because all that was left was his frontal lobe and bottom jaw. No BLOOD No Guts , just his face was left. Coyotes eat everything vs domestic dogs who just kill for fun.
THERE NEEDS TO BE A BOUNTY FOR KILLING COYOTES ITS ONLY GETTING WORSE IF THEY HAVE NO NATURAL PREDETORS AND NO ONE IS HUNTING THEM THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. I WILL BE TRAPPING AND HUNTING COYOTES FROM NOW ON ALL YEAR AROUND TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESNT HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY LITTLE JINX

It's amazing how many people think coyotes are some kind of cute dog. They are viscious and will kill a person if enough of them manage to encircle somebody. It has happened before.
Grobbbbbb

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#23 Aug 22, 2011
Grob Hahn wrote:
<quoted text>
It's amazing how many people think coyotes are some kind of cute dog. They are viscious and will kill a person if enough of them manage to encircle somebody. It has happened before.
Grobbbbbb
We have caught them killing calves on one of my farms. We shoot everyone we see. Some people have luck poisoning them, but I never have used this.

“Registered Conservative”

Since: Jul 11

Draketown, GA

#24 Aug 22, 2011
Coyotes do have natural predators. Wolves, large cats such as cougars, and large reptiles will easily kill a coyote. A pack of coyotes though, is about as dangerous as it gets. they will kill you if given the chance, they do not need to be provoked, and a pack is very capable of disposing of it's predators if they are small in number. However, since we don't have a lot of those predators around here, I'll continue to protect my family and property, to the best of my ability. If that means shooting a coyote, I will.
icouldusesomehel p

Huntington Beach, CA

#25 Aug 22, 2011
lighteredknot wrote:
<quoted text>
We have caught them killing calves on one of my farms. We shoot everyone we see. Some people have luck poisoning them, but I never have used this.
HEY LITTLENUTS!

"One of your farms"

There you go again - farms, businesses, millionaire, spy stuff and a cub reporter. What a man.

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