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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Sometimes, I Get Stupid Liberal Environmentalist Email

I may be a liberal tree-hugger, but that doesn’t mean I have sap for brains. There is such a thing as too much. I got this recently:

You've seen the headlines: Coyotes are attacking humans with more and more frequency. One wandered into a Chicago sandwich shop. Another lives in Central Park in New York. Five people have reported coyote attacks in the Denver area since December. And Colorado officials have responded by killing eight coyotes!

Guess what?!?!? Big fucking deal. Coyotes aren’t anywhere near being on any endangered list. Those eight coyotes! are very easily replaced by about 200 more.

But the real problem isn't coyotes attacking humans, it's human suburban sprawl that increasingly takes over the habitat of wild animals like coyotes. Take action >>

Sorry, sis, but if you were talking spotted owls or condors, creatures that are actually endangered  by man, hey, I’d have fist up to the sky. Coyotes? That fist has a finger extended, guess which one?

Rather than hunting down and killing animals whose habitat has been destroyed by human subdivisions, we should enact stronger urban planning laws that protect the habitat of our nation's wildlife.

Wow, no. Let’s take a look at the species, coyote:


Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: coyote

Species (Canis latrans) of canine found in North and Central America. Its range extends from Alaska and Canada south through the continental U.S. and Mexico to Central America. It weighs about 20 – 50 lbs (9 – 23 kg) and is about 3 – 4 ft (1 – 1.3 m) long, including its 12 – 16-in. (30 – 40-cm) tail. Its coarse fur is generally buff above and whitish below; its legs are reddish, and its tail is bushy and black-tipped. The coyote feeds mainly on small mammals such as rodents, rabbits, and hares but can also take down deer, sometimes doing so in packs. Vegetation and carrion are commonly eaten as well. Though persecuted by humans because of its potential (generally overstated) to prey on domestic or game animals, it has adapted well to human-dominated environments, including urban areas. A coyote-dog cross is called a coydog.

Oh, hey, another proof of evolution! Next up:

US History Encyclopedia: Coyote

Coyote (Canis latrans) is a wild dog species, smaller than Wolves but larger than foxes. The subject of many Native American creation tales and myths, coyotes came under attack during the twentieth century. Livestock ranchers, aided by government bounty hunters, used poison, traps, and aerial hunting to kill 428,849 coyotes in 1988 and an estimated 20 million during the entire century. Nevertheless, coyotes have expanded their numbers and domain from the trans-Mississippi west to every state except Hawaii because they are omnivorous, adaptable, and freed from competitors and predators by those same hunters. Coyotes demonstrate that humans often cannot control nature as they wish.

And one more for good measure:

Columbia Encyclopedia: coyote

coyote (kī'ōt, kīō'tē) or prairie wolf, small, swift wolf, Canis latrans, native to W North America. It is found in deserts, prairies, open woodlands, and brush country; it is also called brush wolf. The coyote resembles a medium-sized dog, with a narrow, pointed face, long, thick, tawny fur and a black-tipped bushy tail. Adult males have a head and body length of about 35 in. (89 cm), with a 14-in. (36-cm) tail; they stand 21 in. (53 cm) at the shoulder and usually weigh about 30 lb (14 kg). The cry of the coyote, heard in the early evening, is a series of high-pitched yelps. Coyotes live in pairs, and both parents care for the young; they make their dens in roots of trees, rock crevices, or in ground burrows made by other animals. They are largely nocturnal, but are also seen in the day. They hunt alone, in pairs, or when hunting larger prey in small groups. Omnivorous feeders, they prey on a variety of small animals, sometimes cooperating to attack larger mammals; they also eat plant matter, carrion, and garbage. They can maintain a speed of 35 mi (56 km) per hour while chasing prey. Coyotes are responsible for destroying some domestic livestock, but they are valuable scavengers and destroyers of rodents. There has almost always been a bounty on coyotes somewhere in the United States, and many thousands are killed each year. Despite this, coyotes have not been reduced in number, and their range has actually increased in the past century, due in part to the fact that many formerly forested areas now more closely resemble the plains and also that the eradication of top-level predators, such as wolves and mountain lions, has left an open ecological niche. Common in the central and W United States, they range N to Alaska, S to Central America, and E to New England; they have even begun to move into urban centers, such as New York City. They are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Canidae.

So yeah, my heart’s not bleeding for these canine vermin. One of the few species that have thrived and actually tripled in number since the white man hit this continent.

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mikespeir said...

If coyotes were endangered, they probably wouldn't be in Chicago sneaking into sandwich shops.

Krystalline Apostate said...

An excellent point, Mike. LOL.
I'm all for reducing urban sprawl, but I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for the little buggers.