Bob, many thanks for the photos. Awesome shots.
Originally Posted by Lars
Ya well, they are great pictures reguardless. Just to witness these rare animals in the wild can be wonderful but also scarey if you happened to be hiking in the area alone.
Someone decided to introduce Coyotes into our area a while back.(DEC) Why? Stupid idea. not we have two dens of at least 10 each in our back 70 acres. Let alone another across the Interstate adjacent to my property. Some of the neighbors have lost cats and some others a dog. My Wife never snowshoes or crosscountry skis without taking a pistol. A man hiking with his two Golden Retrievers was attacked a couple months ago. He managed to fend them off but both his dogs were killed. No doubt, they saved his life. There have been some pictures of Mountain Lions photographed by a deer trail camera at night about 8 miles from here and a local Doctor has reported almost hitting a very large cat on the Highway right behind my property. No doubt, the DEC has introduced them also, although they have denied doing so.
These animals are beautiful in the wild but this isn't the wild anymore. It's suburbia. I realize Wyoming isn't suburbia but how long will it be before these animals begin killing livestock again. Or worse, attacking pets and children who happen to be in the wrong place?
Ok, i'm rambling. I'll quit.
Lars Coyote attacks on humans are extremely extremely rare. When they do occur its been small children. As for the golden retrievers, I have a hard time believing this event given the fear Coyotes have of humans. If it did happen the Coyotes were after the dogs and not the man.
We have Coyotes up on the 500 foot mountain in back of my house. I hear Coyotes howling it up some nights. I assume its after a kill. The Coyotes push the deer down in around the houses where they eat and sleep at night. Its safe for the deer around the houses where the Coyotes are afraid to venture in for now. I know some of my neighbors with small children and Golden Retrievers are extremely concerned about the Coyote population. I have seen a dead female coyote about 55lbs a long the road. Personally I don't think humans have too much to worry about from Coyotes. Talk to any serious hunter that spends over 50 days a year in the woods in PA and NY, they will all tell you the Coyote population is way up and the white tail deer population is way down. Many days they see more Coyotes than deer.
BTW Bear actually kill white tail deer as well. The head of NY State DEC was fired after he made a stupid comment that he had no idea bear were killing his white tail deer.
I doubt DEC introduced Coyotes or Mountain Lions in the north east.
On that note. I personally did witnessed a mountain lion run about 20 feet across the road in front of my car near Plattekill Ski in NY state Catskills mountain as I was making the left turn off route 30. I was going to teach an NSP OEC class on Sunday morning and one my students and good friend was in the passenger seat. He also saw the big cat, big paws, and that long tail. It was close enough tht we got a real good look. My response was WOW. My friends response was that was definitely a big cat. After the class we came back looking for tracks and hair but could not find any.
Although its wise to be cautious of wild animals, I personally don't have any fears hear in the North East. I have camped around black bears that eventually got our food after a few nights when we got a little lazy and did not tie it up high enough. The probability of an attack from mammal here in the north east is extremely low.
Spiders and ticks on the other hand scare the crap out of me. I have seen what those little things can do to my friends and its never good thing.