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As city limits continue to expand, predators such as coyotes, willing to tolerate
human interaction, follow suit.

foxes, bears, bobcats and mountain lions
willing to tolerate human interaction follow suit. Why not? The hunting in urban
and suburban areas is great.

C

oyotes present the greatest problems. They're prolific, reproduce
quickly and adapt effectively in
almost any environment. Today you'll find
them sharing the streets in megalopolises
like Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and New York, as well as in small com-

people walking for exercise or with their
dogs. In most places discharging firearms
within city limits is illegal, so people are
encouraged to carry a loud whistle.
Those who fantasize that a whistle will
deter a coyote might take note of the realworld experiences of some people.
Oklahoma resident Frances Curtis
put her dachshund, Heinrich, out in the
back yard, only to hear it bark in a way
she'd never heard before. Stepping out the
back door, she found the dog in a fight

pack. The coyotes broke several panes of
glass on both the outer door and the main
entry door trying to get at the barking
dog inside. The critters left only after the
resident shot two of them with a highpowered  gun.
In another incident in Riverside a few
weeks earlier, a -month-old bichon-poo
and a larger -pound dog confronted
coyotes in their back yard. Injuries to the
bichon-poo proved fatal.
Coyotes likely attack cats and dogs

"The coyotes broke several panes of glass on both
the outer door and the main entry door trying to
get at the barking dog inside."
munities nationwide. In some areas, like
our Arizona suburb, coyotes are born and
raised, live and prosper with little human
interference. The neighborhoods are rich
hunting grounds replete with desert cottontails, quail, cats and small dogs. Residents are warned not to approach coyotes,
to be watchful when letting out their cats
and dogs and to be cautious when walking pets. Reports of dogs on leashes being
pulled away from people are rare, but such
things have happened. When coyotes
are sighted, neighborhood patrols warn

with a coyote. There wasn't enough time
to retrieve her gun, so she picked up the
nearest object, a shovel. The coyote ran off
only after she whacked it twice with the
implement. Heinrich was tended to by a
veterinarian, but Curtis remains shaken
by the brazen viciousness of the incident.
In Riverside, Ill., a forested community
on the banks of the Des Plaines River, a
resident let out his dog before going to
bed. Not long thereafter, the dog came
running with four coyotes in pursuit.
Shutting the glass slider didn't deter the
  ❘

for food. The Cook County, Ill., Coyote
Project (urbancoyoteresearch.com)
has done exhaustive research on coyote
attacks on both pets and humans. Its
website reports that the average number
of coyote attacks on domestic pets in the
Chicago area increased from zero to two
in  and from six to  in . Attacks
on humans are rare, but have occurred.
Two people, a -year-old girl in  in
California and a -year-old woman in
 in Nova Scotia, died from coyote
attacks. Most human attacks involve

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