Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Coyotes Live in Our Neighborhood
After our last snow event, my brother in law plowed our driveway. He cleared an area off to the side in the grass where I could put bread for the crows. Three LARGE crows live in a nearby pine stand and frequently visit our yard.
One morning I went out to get the newspaper and found tracks like these in that small clearing. I had never seen any like them before, but since I wasn't over the flu bug yet, I didn't pay much attention to them.
In Sunday's newspaper, there was an article about Coyote living in DOWNTOWN Chicago in a field area. An estimated 2000!! National Geographic went in a put a camera on 6 of them to track their movement. Video showed that they actually looked both ways before crossing streets. They are nocturnal, so people don't really see them much. In urban areas they feed on small animals and scraps of food they find.
In that same Sunday paper, their was an article in the local section about a trapper in Osceola (where I live) who was called to a farm in my area because the farmer what finding cat carcasses on his property. He feeds the feral cats and they control mice in the barn. The trapper has trapped 11+ coyotes on that farm in the last 2 years. The farm is located very near a very expensive subdivision and golf course.
I live 3 houses off a small highway. A friend lives on the other side of the highway. Behind his house are acres of field. He tells me that he sees Coyote back there all the time. We used to trap feral cats and take them to the Humane Society. We started trapping them because they were just taking over the neighborhood. They would have litters in the shed and under our deck. Sadly, we would also find them dead on the highway. Recently, we realized that we haven't seen kittens. So I guess, based on the tracks that I found, and the story in the newspaper we have a coyote visiting at night. Luckily our property is fenced.