Friday, October 5, 2012

Urban coyotes, bears and mountain lions oh-my

Coyotes, bears, mountain lions and wolves are moving into urban areas.

Wildlife biologist with a sedated coyote captured in Chicago
If this sounds familiar to people in my home town, it's because here in the Los Angeles area, we see coyotes, bears, bobcats and an occasional mountain lion almost every day. Incredible snapshots of these big predators relaxing around the pool or lounging in our yards, along with  a map of sightings are featured at altadenablog's critterdena page.

This is the just-published paper about coyotes in Chicago:  Urban Coyotes Could Be Setting the Stage for Larger Carnivores - Wolves, Bears and Mountain Lions - to Move Into Cities.

No wolves in Los Angeles yet, but if they come, at least the coyotes will leave because the two species don't share territories.  So, for all of you who don't like coyotes in your neighborhoods, be careful what you wish for.

1 comment:

  1. We live in a rural area surrounded by woods, so we do have coyotes and fisher cats. I lost a couple of kitties to them, so my kitties do not get to go out anymore. It is worse in the spring when they are out looking for food to feed their babies.