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2008-03-20 08:24:20

Coyotes are one of nature's most adaptive species, able to thrive in different settings and survive on many diets. In the past 15 years, coyote populations have exploded in the northeastern United States as a result of humans eliminating native wolves from the region. Scientists now are studying coyotes, opportunistic omnivores, to unravel mysteries such as why the average body size of a northeastern coyote is larger than their brethren elsewhere. Researchers also want to...

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2008-02-09 09:05:00

Going back three decades or so, foxes had a pretty sweet deal in the East. Two species, red fox and gray fox, were the only wild canine predators present. They could claim that exclusive status since red wolves were persecuted out of business by people somewhere back in the 1800s. During the 1970s, however, Western-native coyotes little by little immigrated east, spreading their range into the vacuum left by the red wolf. Since then, coyotes have occupied virtually all of the eastern United...

2007-09-11 18:05:00

Study finds coyote densities more than 30 percent lower in wolf territory NEW YORK  -- While the wily coyote reigns as top dog in much of the country, it leads a nervous existence wherever it coexists with its larger relative, the wolf, according to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society. In fact, coyote densities are more than 30 percent lower in areas that they share with wolves. The paper, which appears in the most recent edition of the Journal of Animal Ecology, details...

2007-08-21 12:13:48

The Massachusetts Association of Problem Animal Control (MAPAC) is a non profit trade association representing private wildlife management firms and PAC agents in the commonwealth of Massachusetts for the past fifteen years. MAPAC applauds the new program from the Massachusetts division of fisheries & wildlife and vows to cooperate with them and all local authorities to protect the public from coyotes that prove to be a danger to people. MAPAC board members recently met with...

2007-07-02 21:20:00

Here's the first edition of a new feature called "Ask the Experts." The idea is for readers to send questions on a variety of topics, from outdoor sports like fishing and hunting to bikes, physical fitness, nature and more. I'll find experts who can answer them. I received a number of e-mails after "Ask the Experts" was announced a few weeks ago. We'll get to them as weeks go by. But one regarding nuisance coyotes stood out for reasons you'll soon understand. The expert I consulted is...

2006-03-22 11:26:41

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wild coyote was on the run in New York's Central Park on Wednesday, pursued by police and park authorities on foot and in a helicopter. The coyote, thought to have made its way to the city from the countryside to the north, was cornered near a nature sanctuary in the southeastern section of the 843-acre (341-hectare) park but escaped, parks spokeswoman Carli Smith said. "It is back on the run, running north in Central Park," Smith said. Television stations...

2006-03-22 12:05:00

By Ellen Freilich NEW YORK -- A coyote that came to New York to dine on duck in Central Park was caught on Wednesday after leading police and park rangers on a two-day chase. The coyote, a year-old, tawny-colored male, which is thought to have made its way to the city from the countryside to the north, was tracked down near 79th Street inside the 843-acre (341-hectare) park, officials said. "He's a very adventurous coyote to travel to midtown Manhattan," Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe told...

2006-03-22 10:38:43

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wild coyote was on the run in New York's Central Park on Wednesday, pursued by police and park authorities on foot and in a helicopter. The coyote, thought to have made its way to the city from the countryside to the north, was cornered near a nature sanctuary in the southeastern section of the 843-acre (341-hectare) park but escaped, parks spokeswoman Carli Smith said. "It is back on the run, running north in Central Park," Smith said. Television stations...

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2005-05-20 07:22:18

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- For many people, their closest encounter with a coyote is hearing its howl curdle the night from afar. But coyote sightings are now on the increase across New York, meaning greater potential for attacks, say Cornell University researchers, who are launching a five-year study of why the once-wary creatures are becoming more aggressive toward humans. "There is a progression of behavior, and what we are seeing right now is the last step before we start seeing attacks on...


Latest Canines Reference Libraries

Short-eared Dog, Atelocynus microtis
2012-10-30 11:30:12

The short-eared dog (Atelocynus microtis) is a species of canid that is native to the Amazonian basin. This species is the only one in its genus and is also known as the short-eared zorro and the short-eared fox. Its range includes Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia. It prefers a habitat in many areas of the rainforests in its range, mainly where there is little human disturbance. These areas include lowland forests, swamp forests, and terra firme forests. This species has many...

Dire Wolf, Canis dirus
2012-05-04 12:37:48

The dire wolf (Canis dirus) is an extinct wolf that was most common to North and South America. This carnivorous mammal lived for approximately 1.79 million years, existing throughout the Irvingtonian stage to the Rancholabrean stage of the Pleistocene era. It is related to the grey wolf, although it was larger and has no direct line to any living species. In 1854, the type specimen of the dire wolf was found in Evansville, Indiana. Joseph Granville Norwood acquired the specimen, a...

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2009-07-10 12:32:20

The Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid inhabitant of South America. This mammal resembles a large fox with reddish fur. The Maned wolf is found in semi-open and open habitats, especially grasslands with scattered trees and bushes. This mammal is also found in southeastern Brazil (Mato, Grosso do Sul, Sao Paula, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerai and Goias), northern Argentina, Bolivia, east and north of the Andes, Paraguay, and as far southeast as Peru (Pampas del Heath only)....

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2008-05-20 22:23:50

The Carolina Dog is a wild swamp dog discovered in the late 1970s. The breed was discovered by a Senior Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia, Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin Junior. When he was working at the Savannah River site, he came across a stray dog which he first thought was just a normal stray. After a trip to the pound, he realized that it was more than just a normal domestic stray. The Carolina Dog has a ginger-colored coat, similar to the Dingo and other wild dogs. Experts...

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2007-12-21 13:41:52

The Mearns Coyote (Canis latrans mearnsi), is a subspecies of coyote native to the American Southwest. Its range extends from extreme southern Utah and Nevada in the north, southeastern California and northeastern Baja California on the west, west of the Rio Grande in New Mexico on the east, and northern Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico on the south. It is one of the smaller sub-species of coyote, measuring 18-21 inches tall, 42-50 inches long, and weighing 15-25 pounds. It ranges in color...

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