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Coyote hit by car goes for a long ride

Posted in Other cool stuff, Predators-other with tags on November 20, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks for the forward Ruland- 

Here is the text of the email-Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, road for 600 miles – and SURVIVED!

When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on.  They didn’t realize this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run.  Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender – and very much alive.

Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of coyotes near the roadside on October 12.  When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping.  ‘Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,’ Daniel explained. ‘We thought the story was over.’  After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan – even stopping for fuel at least twice.  But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained.  At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome.  ‘[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grill,’ Tevyn East said. ‘I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote – it didn’t register it was the whole animal.’  Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life.  ‘It flinched,’ Tevyn East said. ‘It was a huge surprise – he got a little freaked out.’ 

‘We knew it was bad’: Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote, bends down to take a look at the fur poking through the fender

Fur Pete’s sake: What Mr. East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car – the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator

Miracle escape: As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free

And voila! Tricky the toughest coyote ever rests in a cage after its ordeal – which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw

Unfortunate story of Coyote Attack-Fox News

Posted in Big Game, North America, Predators-other on October 31, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Careful wildlife management has resulted in many unintended consequences.  For example, wolf reintroduction has decimated elk and moose herds in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming-leading to the delisting of the grey wolf from the endangered species list.  Reinvigoration of deer and small game numbers have caused an explosion of Coyotes and other predators. 

Unfortunately, we are in an era where human influence cannot be ignored.  Game and outdoor conservation is a complex and constantly changing science.  Coyote control has moved high on the agenda leading several western states to reinstate bounties on these efficient predators.   Just the other day my wife and I saw a coyote WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK in our neighborhood.  Another friend saw a mountain lion in their backyard.  As deer become more comfortable in the suburbs, we can expect the predators move in as well.