Second child attacked by coyote in Middletown

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A quiet evening was disrupted when Joann Gazette saw her bloodied 5-year-old son Brayden and 8-year-old daughter Sydney screaming and crying as they ran to their home. Read more
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Anonymous

Brooklyn, NY

#1 May 23, 2007
This article demonstrates the public's misunderstanding of coyotes encouraged by media hysteria. This article begins with the attention-grabbing "her bloodied 5-year-old son Brayden and 8-year-old daughter Sydney screaming and crying," and continues with the very young children guessing at the identification of the species. How this identification was taken to be absolute is bothersome.
The article concludes with a sentence irrelevant to the situation that propagates one of the most common misunderstandings about coyotes. "Residents in that area have reported numerous coyote sightings in recent weeks, and several pets in the area have been killed recently." These two statements are not causally related. No study has been cited, no statistics say that this is the case, and research has shown that it is highly unlikely for coyotes to pursue small pets. Considering their rather small size, it is energetically expensive and does not make biological sense for coyotes to pursue most pets.
Coyotes are incredibly adaptable animals and have thrived in urban areas. Most urban areas in the northeast should expect to have a coyote population, but it is so blown out of proportion when these rare incidents occur that they are automatically assumed to be a problem species. Rodent populations are controlled by coyotes, and they go unnoticed far more often than not. I urge people to not jump to conclusions about coyotes and read about their actual behaviors, their incredible shyness and avoidance of people, and their presence in urban areas. Killing coyotes is not the solution, and will in fact exacerbate the problem. When coyotes are removed from an area, more will move in and populations will grow. Studies are being conducted in several major cities and such resources are available.
Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Bronx, NY

#2 May 23, 2007
As long as it isn't weasels, I'm happy !!
lalalulu

Hempstead, NY

#3 May 23, 2007
Anonymous wrote:
This article demonstrates the public's misunderstanding of coyotes encouraged by media hysteria. This article begins with the attention-grabbing "her bloodied 5-year-old son Brayden and 8-year-old daughter Sydney screaming and crying," and continues with the very young children guessing at the identification of the species. How this identification was taken to be absolute is bothersome.
The article concludes with a sentence irrelevant to the situation that propagates one of the most common misunderstandings about coyotes. "Residents in that area have reported numerous coyote sightings in recent weeks, and several pets in the area have been killed recently." These two statements are not causally related. No study has been cited, no statistics say that this is the case, and research has shown that it is highly unlikely for coyotes to pursue small pets. Considering their rather small size, it is energetically expensive and does not make biological sense for coyotes to pursue most pets.
Coyotes are incredibly adaptable animals and have thrived in urban areas. Most urban areas in the northeast should expect to have a coyote population, but it is so blown out of proportion when these rare incidents occur that they are automatically assumed to be a problem species. Rodent populations are controlled by coyotes, and they go unnoticed far more often than not. I urge people to not jump to conclusions about coyotes and read about their actual behaviors, their incredible shyness and avoidance of people, and their presence in urban areas. Killing coyotes is not the solution, and will in fact exacerbate the problem. When coyotes are removed from an area, more will move in and populations will grow. Studies are being conducted in several major cities and such resources are available.
Thank you. What kills me is that they just killed a female and are "not sure" it was the right one. Sounds like they are continuing to "hunt" for the perpetrator.

People are so ignorant about the wildlife around us it's pathetic. They build their houses in forested areas and then want the wildlife eradicated. So, so pathetic.
fin

Schodack Landing, NY

#4 May 23, 2007
Anonymous wrote:
This article demonstrates the public's misunderstanding of coyotes encouraged by media hysteria. This article begins with the attention-grabbing "her bloodied 5-year-old son Brayden and 8-year-old daughter Sydney screaming and crying," and continues with the very young children guessing at the identification of the species. How this identification was taken to be absolute is bothersome.
The article concludes with a sentence irrelevant to the situation that propagates one of the most common misunderstandings about coyotes. "Residents in that area have reported numerous coyote sightings in recent weeks, and several pets in the area have been killed recently." These two statements are not causally related. No study has been cited, no statistics say that this is the case, and research has shown that it is highly unlikely for coyotes to pursue small pets. Considering their rather small size, it is energetically expensive and does not make biological sense for coyotes to pursue most pets.
Coyotes are incredibly adaptable animals and have thrived in urban areas. Most urban areas in the northeast should expect to have a coyote population, but it is so blown out of proportion when these rare incidents occur that they are automatically assumed to be a problem species. Rodent populations are controlled by coyotes, and they go unnoticed far more often than not. I urge people to not jump to conclusions about coyotes and read about their actual behaviors, their incredible shyness and avoidance of people, and their presence in urban areas. Killing coyotes is not the solution, and will in fact exacerbate the problem. When coyotes are removed from an area, more will move in and populations will grow. Studies are being conducted in several major cities and such resources are available.
I kinda like this post! It is a refreshing change from the "he was turning his life around" defense of the usual dirtbag suspects on these pages. I like coyotes too.
SisterFlash

Jackson Heights, NY

#6 May 24, 2007
Habituated animals like coyote and the govmt raised wolves that hang out in my yard are very dangerous.

You are no longer safe in your home in many places due to the habituation of these animals.

Please read more about what is going on with these animals at http://wolfcrossing.org
fin

United States

#7 May 24, 2007
Whether it is cougars in Colo, bears in NJ, coyotes in Conn or gators in Fla, the relentless intrusion of humankind into the habitat of wild animals will continue to result in clashes and sadly, I'm afraid, the eradication of species.
SisterFlash

Jackson Heights, NY

#8 May 25, 2007
Here we go. A wolf just stalked kids returning from school in New Mexico. This is one step away from an attack but since these wolves are protected we have no rights to protect ourselves unless the wolf is in the act of biting a child.

http://wolfcrossing.org/blog/2007/05/25/wolve... talk-kids-in-catron-county/

This behavior is called prey testing. What a wonderful country we live in where we protect wolves not kids.
SisterFlash

Jackson Heights, NY

#9 May 25, 2007
Fin we did not intrude on these wolves. They left their wilderness and are hanging around our homes. They are encroching on us.
SisterFlash

Jackson Heights, NY

#10 May 25, 2007
It is also not about encroachment is about these animals loosing fear for humans. This is called habituation. Wolfcrossing.org has a wonderful set of articles on habituation.

Often animals prey test when they are exploring a possible new prey. After attacks it is man eating.

Think about the man that got eaten by wolves in Canada. The coriner confirmed it so even the people that want to deny it cannot.
lalalulu

Hempstead, NY

#11 May 29, 2007
SisterFlash wrote:
Here we go. A wolf just stalked kids returning from school in New Mexico. This is one step away from an attack but since these wolves are protected we have no rights to protect ourselves unless the wolf is in the act of biting a child.
http://wolfcrossing.org/blog/2007/05/25/wolve... talk-kids-in-catron-county/
This behavior is called prey testing. What a wonderful country we live in where we protect wolves not kids.
Perhaps because the smarmy hunters killed off the wolves natural prey AND our homesites are encroaching on the wilderness more and more??

The kids need to learn how to protect themselves against ANY predators - human or otherwise. We need to learn to coexist before we have no wildlife left except that found in zoos.
melissa in jersey

AOL

#12 May 29, 2007
I am very happy to see you cherish coyotes more than children.. what a shame.. I am a mother of 3 children in the area where 2 children have already been attacked for existing in their own neighborhood and also live one block away from where the coyote killed a small dog last night this is an outrage this neighborhood is not the proper dwelling for coyotes when looking at what they are resorting to for food.. young kids and small animals... I also received a reverse 911 call this morning warning me to not allow kids or small animals outside.. my 4 yr old could not protect himself against a cute preditor to say that is ignorant animals sense fear and a child facing something not right will be in fear

Since: May 07

AOL

#13 May 29, 2007
the area the wolf was in last night was NOT a new developement... Atlantic Highlands and Leonardo have been quite established for MANY years. people in this area have not stolen the wild life homes the wild life has grown so large they can not live as they once have, they resort to ripping apart our garbage cans dragging them blocks away, attacking small children and killing numerous small dogs. to say we took over their home is ignorant in itself as well as a child should defend himself in his back yard against wildlife. We did not move to the woods we moved to a well developed very old neighborhood ... lil more research would tell you what you cant possibly see from New York, maybe you can come here and carry them to your back yard?

Since: May 07

AOL

#15 May 29, 2007
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa thanks deer slayer
Middletown Man

Philadelphia, PA

#17 May 29, 2007
Does anyone have some kore specific addresses of the locations where the coyote attacks have taken place? All I have seen is "Middletown", or "Atlantic Highlands", both of which cover some considerable territory. Atlantic Highlands is near some woodland parks that my wife and I walk in frequently, and though I've never heard of coyotes attacking anyone out in Colorado--where I'm originally from--this is JERSEY so "ya neva know" do you?

Since: May 07

AOL

#18 May 29, 2007
the attack last night was kunkel park higland and brevent
lalalulu

Hempstead, NY

#19 May 30, 2007
melissa in jersey wrote:
I am very happy to see you cherish coyotes more than children.. what a shame.. I am a mother of 3 children in the area where 2 children have already been attacked for existing in their own neighborhood and also live one block away from where the coyote killed a small dog last night this is an outrage this neighborhood is not the proper dwelling for coyotes when looking at what they are resorting to for food.. young kids and small animals... I also received a reverse 911 call this morning warning me to not allow kids or small animals outside.. my 4 yr old could not protect himself against a cute preditor to say that is ignorant animals sense fear and a child facing something not right will be in fear
then move

Since: May 07

AOL

#20 May 30, 2007
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I am living here 5 years now and this problem JUST became an issue and reason being is because OBVIOUSLY the number of coyotes are greater than the number of animals they feed off of. The coyotes need to be gone, its that simple and as a mother I could care less how they are made to disappear, you are more than welcome to come and take them and keep them safe. But if you wanted to fix this issue by doing what you say others should do, I guess you would already have done that.
lalalulu

Hempstead, NY

#21 May 31, 2007
melissa in jersey wrote:
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I am living here 5 years now and this problem JUST became an issue and reason being is because OBVIOUSLY the number of coyotes are greater than the number of animals they feed off of. The coyotes need to be gone, its that simple and as a mother I could care less how they are made to disappear, you are more than welcome to come and take them and keep them safe. But if you wanted to fix this issue by doing what you say others should do, I guess you would already have done that.
Stop breeding. All you make are stupid, ignorant kids who are afraid of little animals. Live in the city, then.
SisterFlash

United States

#22 May 31, 2007
lalalulu wrote:
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Perhaps because the smarmy hunters killed off the wolves natural prey AND our homesites are encroaching on the wilderness more and more??
The kids need to learn how to protect themselves against ANY predators - human or otherwise. We need to learn to coexist before we have no wildlife left except that found in zoos.
Nope this is not the case. There was lots of prey for the wolves. THey population has exceeeded it. These captive bred wolves also are use to humans and human handouts making them even more dangerious. http://www.wolfcrossing.org/blog/...

The goverment is allowing these dangerious preditors, known for child lifting as is discussed in this news report with the boy and coyote, to den and raise their young near our homes.

They are even allowing wolves to hang out and howl in the front yards of homes. There is wilderness why are they not there?

http://www.wolfcrossing.org/blog/...

Our homesteads are not in the wilderness. People moved and grouped their land to make the national forest here and the wilderness possible. They relased these habituated wolves.

Coyotes were not in Middletown NJ when I was a kid. They have dispersed into NJ.
SisterFlash

United States

#23 May 31, 2007
lalalulu wrote:
<quoted text>
Stop breeding. All you make are stupid, ignorant kids who are afraid of little animals. Live in the city, then.
Middletown is the city. These are habituated animals prey testing to find a new food source...this time kids. You have been mislead with your beliefs. People have a right to live and be safe in their own homes.

The wolves here hang aroudn our homes not in the wilderness where all the prey is. can you say HABITUATED?
http://www.wolfcrossing.org/blog/...

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