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Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Monday, May 12, 2014

On Coyotes and



National Women’s Checkup Day. It’s also National Nutty Fudge Day. Coincidence? I think not.

A big shout out to the Hoerner family and all their volunteers for once again spearheading the Island Wide Garage Sale. I hope everyone went to bed with more money than they woke up with. In case you didn’t know the IWGS is one of the Civic Clubs biggest money makers. Thanks again B&D.

Interesting neighbors we have, Thanks Wiki.
“…also known as the American jackal, brush wolf, or the prairie wolf, is a species of canine found from Panama in the south, north through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It occurs as far north as Alaska and all but the northernmost portions of Canada.[3] Currently, 19 subspecies are recognized.[4]
In areas where wolves have been exterminated, coyotes usually flourish.
As New England became increasingly settled and the resident wolves were eliminated, the coyote population increased, filling the empty ecological niche.
Coyotes appear better able than wolves to live among people.[30]
Coyotes have been known to live a maximum of 18 years in captivity;[3] the maximum longevity in the wild is 14 1/2 years.[31]
They seem to be better than dogs at observational learning.
The coyote evolved in North America during the Pleistocene epoch 1.8 million years ago
It fills roughly the same ecological niche in the Americas that is filled in Eurasia and Africa by the similarly sized canids called jackals, among which the coyote is sometimes counted.
Its closest living relative is the gray wolf
Unlike the wolf, the coyote's range has expanded in the wake of human civilization, and coyotes readily reproduce in metropolitan areas
Sometimes labelled as carnivores but more often as omnivores, coyotes are opportunistic, versatile feeders.
They eat small mammals such as (depending on the region in which it lives) voles, prairie dogs, eastern cottontails, ground squirrels, mice, birds, snakes, lizards, deer, javelina, and livestock, as well as insects and other invertebrates.
The coyote will also target any species of bird that nests on the ground. They will eat carrion, but tend to prefer fresh meat. Fruits and vegetables can form a significant part of the coyote's diet in the summer and autumn. Part of the coyote's success as a species is its dietary adaptability. As such, coyotes have been known to eat human rubbish and domestic pets.
Urban populations of coyotes have been known to actively hunt cats, and to leap shorter fences to take small dogs
Despite being extensively hunted, the coyote is one of the few medium- to large-sized animals that has enlarged its range since human encroachment began”

In case you haven’t heard they got Willie the cat over on West Shore. He was Glen and Sharon’s pet for 13 years. Folks Coyotes have been in the neighborhood for a million years and they’ll probably be here when we’re gone. As long as we provide them food they have no reason to go elsewhere. 

"The cayote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him and even the flea would desert him for a velocipede."
- Roughing It  Mark Twain

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

About two years ago I personally saw a lone coyote twice one evening walking along Jarbo Bayou. While they typically hunt in pairs, a pack can have as many as six (no jokes, please!). They are primarily nocturnal, can leap small fences, and travel on the average about 2.5 miles nightly. It is no wonder small dogs and/or cats left out at night have become their prey. Worse, urban coyotes have been losing their fear of humans and have been known to confront people walking their dogs or joggers, as well.

Anonymous said...

However, Coyotes do have a distinct weakness. When presented with the opportunity to capture his prey the coyote is more inclined to injure himself than make good on his attack. There is documented proof of coyotes attaching themselves to rockets, wandering in front of trains, inducing cliff points to fall on their heads, consuming explosive birdseed and a propensity for running into a wall with a tunnel painted on it. Be careful my friends. Beep Beep!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it is a simple matter of the coyotes going to where there is an ample & tasty food supply. A neighborhood overrun with DUCKS, and birdbrains from outlying neighborhoods coming to our island providing nutrition by bucketloads for said ducks, well, it is no wonder.

Anonymous said...

Would somebody please stop that crazy lazy from feeding the rats and various rodents that are starting to gather at her feeding location! She needs to move on. She's creating a health hazard and a nuisance and she's extremely rude and hateful.
Can we suggest that the city PD cite her for littering?

Anonymous said...

From what I have heard, she lives in the RV park across FM 2094 from the CLS entrance. And her daily parking of her car and the tremendous amount of birdseed she shovels out of her vehicle has been killing the grass. Look for her white car daily between 5:15 & 5:30 PM.

Anonymous said...

From now on every time I see her feeding the birds I will park next to her and run around scaring them off. If she can freely dump food on the ground I can freely chase the ducks off right? Or would that be animal cruelty?

Anonymous said...

I'd bring an umbrella as you may scare the s*#@ out of the birds....

Roselyn said...

Unfortunately, and the lady admits it, there are now a lot of pigeons coming to greet her that were never here before. She told me that several people have driven by and made rude comments and told her to quit feeding them but she doesn't care. I said maybe people are concerned that when you die or move that these animals won't be able to fend for themselves. She said she is not going to die. .........I have seen and photographed some migratory birds there, like the roseate spoonbill and the black bellied whistling duck. I think it might be illegal to feed or try to domesticate a migratory bird. So, our City could approach the lady feeder from that angle. Bless her heart though for caring about animals, and she goes to great expense and effort to do so. I recently had to chase a kid with a sling shot shooting rocks at ducks.......

Anonymous said...

Several pidgeons? Quite a bit more than several! I would like to believe she is a nice person who cares for animals but her demeanor toward those of you who have approached her seems to indicate otherwise. Maybe she doesn't like people? If there is truth to the rumor she lives in the RV park across the street sto the city entrance, I wish she'd pack up and leave.

Anonymous said...

She is not a nice lady. She's rude and inconsiderate. Her "caring for animals" is pretty short-sighted. She isn't doing anyone, human nor fowl, any favors. She litters. She creates a nuisance. She creates the potential for health hazard. She interferes with natural order. She is feeding as many rodents as she is birds. She is however very fortunate to have everlasting life. That's a distinct advantage over the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

I think there was a "666" on her license plate???