Can we get one, too? Huh? Huh?

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Can we get one, too? Huh? Huh?

"Dad, can we get a dog? Huh? Huh? Please?"

(Daughter Pegs, circa 1985, mimicking "Rudy Huxtable" of "The Cosby Show.")

Now that the New York State of Department of Environ­mental Conservation has confirmed that the photo farmer Richard Wesnofske snapped with his iPhone in his Water Mill potato field last week is in fact a coyote (Canis latrans)...

Canis latrans

...Jeanne wants one for our neighborhood!

"Damned deer have eaten everything I've ever planted as well as the yew trees your grandmother planted in 1930! Enough!"

She's serious! "They don't have a natural predator? Let's see if Darwin is still relevant in 2013!"


1. Jeanne Speir said...

I said nothing of the sort. But you know, it's an idea....

Well, you would have but I thought of it first!

2. W.R. Moore said...

It'd take a sizable plack of 'yotes to pull down a small, slow/sick deer. I expect the most effective natural predator for deer in your area are automobiles.

Coyotes will, however, dine quite happily on an assortment of household pets.

Rare is the 'yote which travels without a running mate, #1, and #2, in law enforcement, it's known as the "Halo Effect;" just the presence is often a deterrent.

You're correct about automobiles, but might have it backward... the biggest threat to moving vehicles has become the rapidly expanding deer population.

We have two dogs in our household... Rosco is never off-lead, and if Gracie is by some happenstance, I like her chances.
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