Coyotes

As part of settlement, study to determine if predator-killing poisons are affecting federally protected species

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials have agreed to complete a study on how two predator-killing poisons could be affecting federally protected species as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmental and animal-welfare groups. The 10-page agreement filed last week in U.S. District Court in Montana requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to…

Coyotes gaining foothold in urban South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An advertising firm was shooting a commercial Dec. 19 at Janet Hopkins’ home in Elmwood Park, just blocks from downtown Columbia, when a crew member saw something he didn’t expect. Geoff Herbert, a worker on the shoot, was taking a short walk in a vacant field across the street from her home during a break. He heard…

Maine hunters on the prowl for coyotes – by moonlight

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine hunters are on the prowl for coyotes. The state’s annual “night hunt” for coyotes opened Saturday. It’s legal to hunt coyotes all year, but it’s only legal at night from Dec. 16 to Aug. 31. The state has no bag or possession limit on coyotes, which live across the state – there are thought to be…

Deal bans predator-killing cyanide traps in Colorado

An agreement approved earlier this week between U.S. officials and environmentalists would ban the use of predator-killing cyanide traps on Colorado public lands, but a government agency said federal workers already had stopped using the devices except on the state’s private lands. Public pressure for a nationwide ban on the traps – meant to protect livestock from predators – has…

Chicago suburb hiring trappers to remove coyotes

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — Police in a Chicago suburb are hiring trappers to remove coyotes after receiving a surge of reports about the animals roaming through neighborhoods and attacking small dogs. The Daily Herald reports the Grayslake police department is asking residents to alert them of coyote sightings to help the trappers find the coyotes’ dens. Village Manager Kevin Timony says…

Coyote sightings cause stir in upstate New York town

  COLONIE, N.Y. — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning residents in upstate New York following coyote sightings. Coyotes have been spotted in residential areas in the town of Colonie recently. Residents of one neighborhood in the Albany suburb say the animals are roaming around during the day. Some are fearful for their pets. DEC spokeswoman Wendy Rosenbach…