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There’s three less in my neighborhood

And I haven’t seen anymore. They can be taught. Talking about coyotes. Apparently, they’re a problem in The City (My The City). The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesperson rightfully points out that irresponsible pet owners who let their animals out unrestrained are to blame for their pets’ deaths. ‘Yotes gonna ‘yote:

To expect them not to eat an easy meal, like a cat or a small dog, is a lot like giving a kid ice cream then punishing them for eating it.

And this:

You blaspheme the animal for doing what it does instead of taking responsibility for the fact that your home is built in their habitat.

Don’t agree with that. This is my habitat now. The only reason coyotes are showing up in our subdivisions is because we provide them easy meals and most people don’t shoot them.

22 Responses to “There’s three less in my neighborhood”

  1. comatus Says:

    Scorpion, nature.

  2. John Smith. Says:

    When I lived in Nashville the coyotes would stroll up the road past the kroger in donelson near the 155 like they owned the place….

  3. John Smith. Says:

    While there is a problem there is also a suppressed cure.

  4. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    How did the coyotes get past the anti-coyote tire traps, your tire traps, in the street, your street?

  5. Jim Says:

    Bring back the wolf. It will eliminate the coyote problem and clean up the gene pool of us homosaps at the same time.

  6. Bram Says:

    They are welcome to try to eat my mastiff.

  7. hillbilly Says:

    I live in the woods. We own a pair of cats that we’ve had for almost a decade. Somehow, the coyotes haven’t eaten them yet. Then again, our cats are hard core, gang-bangin’ bloody-clawed killers. Which is precisely why we got them in the first place. Eat those rats, eat ’em!

    Same for our dogs. We tend toward dogs that are big enough or fast enough or mean enough to survive in the woods, so long as we feed them regularly.

    Also, out in the woods, the coyotes are conditioned to regard human activity as a signal of their own impending, high-velocity doom.

  8. mikee Says:

    Here in a bedroom suburb of Austin, Texas, built up from quite lovely but also quite empty cow pastures a decade ago, we have coyotes. We hear them yipping at night. The pack gets especially aroused when a plane flies over, for whatever coyote reason. Yotes gonna yote, indeed.

    We had a litter of coyote pups at one end of the subdivision early on, promoted by a new resident who put dogfood piles out in the undeveloped lot next to his house, the better to watch mom & pop & kits.

    I lost two cats to them that year, on subsequent nights. I didn’t really like the 2nd cat, but should have thought a bit longer before putting it out when #1 hadn’t been seen all day. Our current cat sleeps on the front porch and has lasted 4 years. And my dogs sleep inside, because otherwise the coyotes come up to our back fence at 3:00am for fun, and the insane barking of the dogs is annoying.

  9. HardC0rps Says:

    Does .22 work on them or is .17hmr better?

  10. Heather Says:

    Funny, had almost the same conversation a year ago about wolves in our neighborhood.

    Ended up getting rid of the whole pack since they were just showing no fear of humans anymore.

  11. Sebastian The Blogless Says:

    Coyotes apparently respond to human predation by accelerating their breeding rates.

    You *think* it’s your habitat now, but the coyote has no way of knowing that. And if you let your Chihuahua run loose in the woods, it’s not the coyote’s fault. Scorpion indeed. While they no doubt recognize that you are a predator and will stay clear of you, they’ll also skirt your property and stay out of sight and enjoy small four legged snacks if you provide them.

  12. CTone Says:

    “This is my habitat now.”

    Yup. Just like having to cut the grass to keep the weeds from taking your house back, you have to keep cutting the local wildlife down to keep them from Over-the-Hedging your property.

    Fortunately for me, the only critters that plague my habitat are small and tasty, so I encourage them to stick around in case Giant Food stops selling me groceries.

  13. HiddenHills Says:

    apparently Chihuahua’s are tasty. Might have to grill one…..

  14. aeronathan Says:

    I always said that if you love your pets you should keep them at home…

  15. Gerry Says:

    The old Chessie and Little Evil chased them off, the barn cat is too smart for them. They like the possums, skunks and fox are just part of the big show. If they cause a problem, they go to the great woodland in the sky. If they don’t it’s live and let live.

  16. SPQR Says:

    Shooting at coyotes is good for them. A healthy fear of man is healthy for the coyote population. Smartens’ them up.

  17. Blake Says:

    Heh…must be a theme going round with local stations. Local station here (Nashville) just reported on a coyote problem in Wilson County. TWRA rep said that coyote hunting is open year round and to just be careful in populated areas! hah! Glad to see someone report that.

    The people being interviewed stated that they were trying to trap them or shoot them.

    Nice. đŸ™‚

  18. Charles Says:

    Blaspheme? The coyote is a god? What a weird choice of wording.

  19. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Got them bastards up here on the North Coast. Can’t shoot them, because we have “No Hunting/No Firearm Discharges” in most of the ‘Burbs. Yet there is this large “MetroPark System” that encircles Cleveland, then it ties into the National Park, so there’s a natural pathway for all sorts of critters up here. That’s why, if you ask us what gun we use for deer, we say “89 Buick.”

  20. Stretch Says:

    Local playground became scene of dog vs. coyote tussle when ‘yotes started to cut out smallest child from other kids. Adult that was suppose to be watching children was texting. Local dog came running and sent coyotes packing.
    Suburban northern Virginia can be entertaining.

  21. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    There was a yote eating cats & anklebiter dogs up north of me. I was thinking of setting up a fake satanic ritual site in the woods just to confound the investigation.

  22. Will Says:

    Speaking of which, I walked into the kitchen after reading this, and spot a coyote in the high fenced back yard! Not sure, it may have dug under the side fence. Or going over/under the back fence, which has lots of green stuff growing along it. Saw it disappear into the greenery. Went out and blocked the low spots I could find.
    Looked to be eating figs that have fallen from the giant tree in the side yard. That faces the street, and the cattle ranch where they hunt a couple times a week.
    This one is much smaller than the one I saw in the front yard a year ago. That one was the size of a German Sheppard. This latest was maybe three feet from tip of tail to nose, and half of that was bushy tail. Like a small fox. Actually, it was smaller than the big raccoons that pass through the yards at night.

    Neighbors/cops would have a shitfit if I shot it, this being the Eastern foothills of the South Bay area (Silicon Valley).