Illinois Outdoors at
RulesIllinois Outdoors at

Prairie State Outdoors Categories

Top Story :: Opinion :: Illinois Outdoor News :: Fishing News :: Hunting News :: Birding News :: Nature Stories :: Miscellaneous News :: Fishing :: Big Fish Fridays :: Big Fish Stories :: State Fishing Reports :: Other Fishing Reports :: Fishing Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Fish :: Fishing Calendar :: Hunting :: Hunting Reports :: Hunting Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Hunt :: Tales from the Timber :: Turkey Tales :: Hunting Calendar :: Big Game Stories :: Nature and Birding :: Birding Bits :: Nature Newsbits :: Critter Corner :: Birding Calendar :: Stargazing :: In the Wild :: Miscellaneous Reports and Shorts :: Links :: Hunting Links :: Birding Links :: Video ::

Big Buck Stories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::


Flathead's Picture of the Week :: Big bucks :: Birdwatching :: Cougars :: Dogs :: Critters :: Fishing :: Asian carp :: Bass :: Catfish :: Crappie :: Ice :: Muskie :: Humor :: Hunting :: Deer :: Ducks :: Geese :: Turkey :: Upland game :: Misc. :: Mushrooms :: Open Blog Thursday :: Picture A Day 2010 :: Plants and trees :: Politics :: Prairie :: Scattershooting :: Tales from the Trail Cams :: Wild Things ::


Coyotes closer to town

September 02, 2007 at 09:09 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was published Sept. 1, in the Canton Daily Ledger.

Watching a coyote run across the road in front of you is an exciting sight, but not one that is out of the ordinary. But when one runs in front of you while driving through town, well, that’s a different story.

This happened to me earlier in the week. No, it’s not the first time that I have had this happen to me, but it seems lately that it has been happening a little more frequently.

No, I am not trying to say that coyotes are invading our town and that our children are at risk (your pets could be, however), but there are more coyotes running through town at night than you might imagine.
Illinois Outdoors

Why do I think this is happening, more this year than ever? First, it has to do with our ever-expanding coyote population. These animals are survivors, and it takes an awful lot to get rid of them. Illinois is exploding with coyotes. Coyotes then need to eat and finding a meal out in the true wild is becoming more difficult. Habitat destruction has caused a population decline for a number of species, many of which are on a coyote’s diet. Coyotes are expanding their range to find food, and that expansion gives you these city-dwelling coyotes.

I can go for a walk in the woods and surrounding fields and be lucky if I spot a few rabbits. I then can go for a walk in town and see four rabbits in the neighbor’s yard. I finish out a two-block area and see nearly 50 rabbits.

Rabbits have had the easy life in town, until now.

That is why I think more coyotes are moving into town. They have easy pickings on an enormous rabbit population. Throw in a few cats and street garbage, and you have a smorgasbord for the coyote.

Do we have to worry about this? Probably not. Most of us will never see this animal prowling our neighborhoods. These animals are nocturnal, so we have nothing to fear. If they ever become so brave that they begin prowling our neighborhoods during daylight hours, then and only then will we have something to be concerned about.

So what can we do about this? Tell your hunting and trapping buddies to take more coyotes. Allow a hunter or trapper to access your farm fields or woods to take a few coyotes. Coyote populations need to be controlled and the only way to do that is through hunting and trapping.

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

uh hi i have a problem you guys are completly rude i cant beleive that yu would go and kill poor little coyotes

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 10:45 AM

i saw one of these in my backyard last night. i was standing by my back door and it walked over to my yard from my neighbor’s backyard and went over by my shed and turned around and looked at me so i went back in the house and shut the door.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/10 at 05:04 PM

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Number of hunters declining

Previous entry: Mallard Lake now home to muskie

Log Out

RSS & Atom Feeds

Prairie State Outdoors
PSO on Facebook
Promote Your Page Too

News Archives

January 2020
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons