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

Saturday, August 3, 2013

On Coyotes

You can hear them barking in the wee hours. I have heard them and they seemed far off. Obviously not far enough and it seems like they have a fondness for cat meat. Several weeks ago they killed one on East Shore and Thursday night Friday morning they killed and ate one on Pine. Most of it anyway. So many questions. How do you get rid of them aside from the obvious bullet? Can they be trapped? What do you use for bait? Tell me you put a cat in the trap and I'll turn off anon again. What the heck are they eating between cats? I mean six weeks is a long time. How come they don't eat duck? Or do they? Has anyone come across a pile of feathers with a beak in it? What are their natural enemies?
This is what Wiki has to say about them. I find the last line very interesting.
"Though coyotes have been observed to travel in large groups, they primarily hunt in pairs. Typical packs consist of six closely related adults, yearlings and young. Coyote packs are generally smaller than wolf packs, and associations between individuals are less stable,[20] thus making their social behavior more in line with that of the dingo.[21] In theory, this is due to an earlier expression of aggression, and the fact that coyotes reach their full growth in their first year, unlike wolves, which reach it in their second.[20] Common names of coyote groups are a band, a pack, or a rout.[22] Coyotes are primarily nocturnal,[23][24] but can often be seen during daylight hours.[3] They were once essentially diurnal, but have adapted to more nocturnal behavior with pressure from humans.[25]

Coyotes are capable of digging their own burrows, though they often prefer the burrows of groundhogs or American badgers. Their territorial ranges can be as much as 19 km in diameter around the den, and travel occurs along fixed trails.[3] Like other canids, coyotes mark their territories with urine.[26][27][28]

In areas where wolves have been exterminated, coyotes usually flourish. For example, 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.[29]

Coyotes have been known to live a maximum of 10 years in the wild and 18 years in captivity.[3] They seem to be better than dogs at observational learning.[18]"

Jammin' on Jarboe tonight. The Groove Kings are playing. See you there, enjoy your weekend.


Roselyn said...

A man from inside the gates at South Shore told me he saw one on the golf course recently.

About 6 months ago The Daily News had an article about 3 different packs of coyotes in Galveston and one in Texas City. It said they prefer cats but will also eat dogs.

My friend in Manvel was with her small dog at dusk as she had let it out to do its 'business'. Quickly and with no warning the coyote snatched up her dog and ran into the woods with it. Now she only takes her dogs out on a leash.

Anonymous said...

I think the key phase regarding the coyotes is they travel along fixed trails. We need to put the traps along their fixed trails. Just have to figure out what those trails are.

Since they are not an endangered species, wouldn't the best solution be to hunt them? There are plenty of great hunters on the island. Get em boys. Seriously, is there a fine for shooting them or some silly nonsense like a fine for firing a weapon?

Skoolly said...

They ate a Cat in my yard back in the first part of July on Pine.

Anonymous said...

Which block of Pine? The Horners are about mid way.

If they start having babies we will be in a big mess.

Anonymous said...

Is been a few weeks, but i have seen two piles of feathers on East Shore, both were around East and Elm.

Ty said...

Wildlife experts said it's legal to shoot them if they come into your yard and become a nuisance or a danger, but you should check your city's ordinance to see what it allows.

Anybody know the ordinance for CLS?

Link - Coyotes in Galveston County dated 8-2012