Friday, May 18th, 2012

Today's Coyotes Are Super-Coyotes

“We need to stop looking at these animals as static entities. They're evolving."
Roland Kays, a mammalogist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, reminds us that the coyotes that have been exploding in population across the Northeastern United States of late, spreading as deeply into urban areas as Central Park, are not your great-great-grandmother's coyotes. These are a coyote-wolf hybrid, 50 percent larger than the coyotes of yore, highly adaptable and well able to hunt and take down animals as large as deer. They're getting bigger and faster and stronger and smarter. And they are coming for you. Joni Mitchell never lies.

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Coyotes will never pose a legitimate threat to humans. We're the Kings.

wb (#2,214)

Coyotes are also moving into neighborhoods with rising property values, too. Like Silver Lake, Echo Park and the Hills. DO THEY KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE HOUSING MARKET THAT WE DON'T?

jbsquare (#793)

@wb in nyc they primarily stay in riverdale and upper Manhattan. Maybe they know about the coming Brooklyn baby apartment apocalypse.

@wb: They've discovered people on fixies are much easier to catch.

BadUncle (#153)

@wb A friend in Echo Park saw a mountain lion on her block, last year. At first, she thought it was a beige sofa, mysteriously self-ambulatory. Then she put on her glasses.

I was wondering why I haven't seen any roadrunners in Central Park for years.

melis (#1,854)

You're saying that coyotes and wolves will create a species of super-wolves?

No, I'm – I'm simply saying that life, uh…finds a way.

@melis Dr. Huang is skeptical.

melis (#1,854)

@science is sexy@twitter I think you mean "Father Ray Mukada."

hockeymom (#143)

They lurk in my neighborhood and travel in packs. All I will say is that if you think bunnies are silent, you've never heard one being ripped limb from limb by a pack of angry coyotes at 3am.

But other than that, they are lovely creatures.

BadUncle (#153)

At dusk, they're ubiquitous in SoCal, which made walks with my dog somewhat terrifying. They'd appear out of brush and look at her 40 pound frame, not sure if they should eat her or fuck her.

cinderellen@twitter (#196,831)

They're not a joke if you're walking a small dog at dawn and they are hunting you down the street. They've taken dogs right off the leash as prey.

BadUncle (#153)

@cinderellen@twitter Yeah, their are all kinds of stories about people around Silverlake losing their tiny dogs. And only fools let their cats out. I was hanging out one night in one of those precariously perched older houses near the Hollywood sign (once owned by Linda Rondstadt, btw), when my friend and I heard a mighty rumpus from one of the *tiny* patios sticking out from a lower room. And we look out the window just in time to see a couple of coyotes chasing after something. He told me regularly finds cat pieces in the shrubs around his place.

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