Am I wrong, shouldn't it be "distance" in the headline?
Side note: I have great difficulty finding shark teeth on the beach. I've never found one.
Compared to the shark, humans are pretty new to the environment. They're better adapted to eat other things. Alligators are the same way.
Yes only deer but it's been awhile as you can see by the date on this video. http://youtu.be/-wJFEgDAkeI
Are deer the only ungulates you have footage of, Stanford Kirshstein?
"When you see a homeowner posing with a large 75 pound dog claiming fear of an animal slightly larger than a large raccoon skepticism is in order."
If given the chance, a couple of small coyotes could take out that 75 pound golden retriever in short order. One will engage the dog head on while the other approaches from behind and hamstrings him. Literally. They're devious little bastards.
Hard to feel pity for folks living on front beach Sullivan's, but you folks have your work cut out for you with this one. Probably karma for all that whimpering about coastal accretion when other local beaches are washing away.
I actually had a fence put up in September because of this. It's not a solution, though, because coyotes can scale 6 foot fences or dig underneath but it's a deterrent at least and it keeps Zooey in the yard. Thanks! And yes I think she did know all along.
Thanks for the response. I understand your concern though I have never heard of an attack on a human or even a large dog up here. I think you might consider a fence. Might be the easiest solution. As for your neighbors, insuring the lids on their garbage cans are tight and keeping small pets indoors or fenced at night is probably the best solution for keeping the Coyotes out of the neighborhood. When the human sources of food dry up they will turn back to their natural sources that they find in the maritime forest. They just take the path of least resistance.
Good luck. I think just being aware of what is out there is half the battle. Bet Zooey knew all along.
I don't have a goal. I really just wanted to know what was out there in the woods so I set up the camera to find out. I've got clips of deer, raccoons, possums, rabbits, hawks, rabbits, rats etc. The coyote is the most mysterious and I am fascinated with them. I'm not fearful for me but when it comes to my dog, Zooey, I'm very cautious. Coyotes are very territorial and a pet dog could be seen as a threat. A 70 lb. golden retriever, or most any domesticated dog is no match for a pack of coyotes. And by virtue of them being "urban" coyotes, some will start losing their natural fear of humans. They get fed unintentionally via trash cans, bird feeders, pet food left outside etc, and then you have a problem.This is happening all over the country. Google "news for coyote" and every day you'll read about pets being killed etc. The coyotes who remain fearful of us are no problem. However, the ones who have lost that fear need to be taken out if possible. There is no way to trap and/or kill all of them.Normally, in their small family unit, the alpha male and alpha female only reproduce. Messing up that dynamic will make all the others start breeding as well as stray coyotes moving in to take over the territory. It's really true that trying to take them out makes their numbers grow. Basically, coyotes populate an area in numbers based on the environment's food supply. A sterilized coyote means no offspring which means more food which brings in new coyotes. Won't work. I don't think anyone knows how to eradicate them completely. They are very adept at survival. I'm not sure we have any choice but to coexist. Having said that, if a bold, non-fearful one were to threaten my family, my dog , or myself, I'd make sure it was taken out.
Glad to hear you don't condone cutting down the maritime forest to deny the Coyotes habitat. Wouldn't work anyway. Didn't mean to lump you in with that group, that's why I asked. I'm surprised someone doing a story on the subject didn't bring it up since it is sort of an obvious question.
Curious though about what you think a possible solution would be? Coexistence or eradication? I like the previous commenters idea that neutering might be the way to go or at least keep the population in check. What do you think? What is your goal as far as the Coyotes? I'm interested because I have a place in Charleston and a house in the North Carolina mountains where there are many Coyotes and it really isn't an issue except for an overturned garbage can at times and dogs barking during the night when the odd one approaches to close.
Nope Saildude. You've got it totally wrong. I'm not a party to the lawsuit you speak of.
I was wondering if Stanford Kirshtein is a party to the lawsuit against the city demanding the trees be cut? Maybe the City Paper could ask him that?
Judging by the articles I have read in the P&C the Coyote "problem" is more of an excuse for the homeowners to cut down the narrow maritime forest between them and the beach blocking their view of the ocean. The homeowners have a lawsuit against the city demanding the trees be cut back because they claim the loss of their view of the ocean is costing them $1.5 million each on the value of their homes? When you see a homeowner posing with a large 75 pound dog claiming fear of an animal slightly larger than a large raccoon skepticism is in order. They want to cut the trees, the Coyotes are just a means to that end.
.22S at max 25m range from a 2nd floor porch or deck (so a miss goes safely into the sand). Double bag the carcass.
Repeat as needed.
Run an article in the cooking section about the exotic flavors in coyotes. When they show up on menu's problem solved.
Call the Road Runner at the Acme Products Firm ASAP. He'll fix their wily asses.
With $25,000, why can't they be caught in a live hold trap and neutered to prevent them from reproducing? The neutered ones will stay on the island thus preventing new ones from coming over to the island. If new ones come, neuter them too. Anyway you look at it, this will be an ongoing problem lasting forever. Why not try the humane thing first. They are the feral dogs of North America.
Here's my YouTube page where you can view all of my Sullivan's Island coyote videos. http://www.youtube.com/user/stanfordjoel
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