Coyotes Becoming More Aggressive
July 8, 2005
July 8, 2005 -- Scientists say coyotes are becoming more aggressive and less fearful according to an article in the National Geographic News. There is an increasing problem with adaptable coyotes losing their fear of humans and becoming aggressive, which is detrimental to both species.
Researchers are using a coyote-attack database to search for patterns of precursor behavior actions that might signal when coyotes are starting to become aggressive towards humans. They are also searching for possible solutions to what they see as a growing dilemma (APHIS News Alert, June 2005).
Although the above story is true and The Wildlife Services has experienced this aggressive behavior in coyotes firsthand, Technical Specialist John Calentine experienced just the opposite. John received a call from a homeowner just outside of Goliad, Texas, complaining of a ?collard? coyote in the backyard. Upon arrival at the location, John discovered it was indeed a female coyote which had obviously escaped or was released from captivity.
John tried to capture the coyote unsuccessfully with a catch pole. After the first failed attempt, the coyote returned, laid down in front of John and rolled over assuming a submissive posture. At that point, John was able to capture the coyote with the catch pole. The homeowner was please with the Wildlife Services? quick action and the professionalism John showed.
Article reprinted from The Trapline, Texas.