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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: urrrrgghhh i hate coyotes !
But coyotes are still not introduced, unless you believe the PGC tinfoil hattery. They are native wild animals of north america. The name coyote comes from the aztec word "coyotl" which supossedly means "God's dog". The Indian peoples of WA state have had Coyote as a trickster/god for who knows how long. Coyote is also present in Navajo mythology. When the wolves were mostly all killed off in the lower 48, they started filling the empty voids. It was slow at first, but once the big coyote eradication programs out west started to slow down, the coyotes started coming back in #'s and moving and migrating. The only thing that can slow them down are wolves and people, and the pansy antis started the anti fur stuff and the market went way down, so the coyotes really went to town on the migration thing. The eastern coyote was "created" when smaller wolf subspecies that aren't as aggressive interbred with a # of coyotes. These would be the red wolf in TN, and the eastern Canadian wolves. The migration is now complete, with coyotes in the Delmarva. There are coyotes in every state but Hawaii. Coyotes are very adaptable and cunning animals.
As to the red foxes, there weren't many native ones in the east 400 years ago. Much of the eastern US was at that time thickly forested, and it was the grey fox that dominated. Red foxes were bought over from England to be released on the plantations and estates of the wealthy colonials, for the age old "sport" of fox hunting. In later times, red foxes from out west or other areas where native ones were more numerous, where caught alive and bought east and sold live for the same purpose. The reds we have are a mixture of English and these native foxes bought in from other regions of NA. This is why some SE reds are big ugly "gray butt" foxes- that comes from the English foxes. You have to sorta thank the fox chasers for all the reds, esp the nicer ones with a better pedigree from the live market of the 20th century. Let's all thank Bob Wendt for the Wyoming infusions- yes he told me he used to sell nice WY reds with cherry colors and big tails with snowball tips, to SE PA fox chasers. Some pics I had posted of my fox catches caught his eye, he said " that one looks like a WY fox".