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Old 11-03-16, 02:05 PM
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Coyote? I thought you said Cootie!

I don't worry too much about predators, except humans and dogs I guess. I worry about the suicide squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks that try to out run the bike, then dart across at random. And deer here are tame enough that I've been within 10-20 ft, and they just watch me go by. That's 5 seconds and one hop if they decide that safety is on the other side of the path.
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Old 11-06-16, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Stare at him intimidatingly while you slowly draw your mountain lion knife
Well, you know, the OP is in the Chicago area.

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Old 11-06-16, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by kellichou View Post
I've seen several coyotes the past couple of days. They're so big around here (Denver/metro area, USA), that I almost wonder if they're hybridized with dogs (hybrids are bigger).
If you read articles like this one you can see that there's really more of a spectrum than two species.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canida..._relationships
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_coyote

In the wild, natural selection quickly does in any critter that is too disadvantaged by selective breeding, but the result is not always a wolf, exactly. I recall reading an article I can't find now, that the wild dogs in a city in India reverted to a form with short tan hair and curly tails.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
So, why do dogs chase bikes, and coyotes ... shy away from them?
15,000+ years* of human-selected breeding.



*That's 105,000 dog years.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
If you read articles like this one you can see that there's really more of a spectrum than two species.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canida..._relationships
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_coyote

In the wild, natural selection quickly does in any critter that is too disadvantaged by selective breeding, but the result is not always a wolf, exactly. I recall reading an article I can't find now, that the wild dogs in a city in India reverted to a form with short tan hair and curly tails.
Agreed! I'm aware of the grey areas of speciation, as well as selection pressures; I teach Biology.
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Old 11-06-16, 08:39 PM
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15,000+ years* of human-selected breeding.



*That's 105,000 dog years.
Good one, friend! +2 Why didn't I see that one coming? The worse the joke, the better it is!
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Old 11-06-16, 08:48 PM
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Try mounting it, in order to show your dominance.

I saw one yesterday on my ride, in front of me on the trail. I went right up to it, and it did not move, but it was not aggressive like a pit-bull defending a meth lab. I thus lived to tell the tail, but forgot to, until now.
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Old 11-17-16, 12:18 PM
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One morning I took my dog out in our normal walk around the block routine around 6AM. She started whining all of a sudden and I couldn't figure out why. Then right in front of us 50 feet away a coyote appeared, staring at us from the bushes backing to a greenbelt. I started backing away walking backwards with my dog whining and wanting to play and pulling on the leash the entire time. The coyote advanced slowly, then started a trot toward us. I started yelling at it and was prepared to kick the coyote in the face. He got to about 20 feet from us when a cyclist rode around the corner and rang his little commuter bell, and I could see the coyote hesitate and decide that 1 human was OK but not 2 and a bicycle. He disappeared back into the bushes and the commuter rode off, not even realizing how close he was to witnessing a coyote get kicked in the face.

TL;DR - not all coyotes are skittish and i would be careful.
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
I was riding home last night t about 9:45 when I spotted a pair of predators eyes shining back at me. I was riding on the bike path that's in an area of older suburban sprawl that I've used for many years, but haven't seen any animals like this before. I stopped an shined my lights at the coyote enough so that it ran off into the darkness away from me, and later figured I should have turned the flashing lights on to scare it away more. It looked like a case of them being more afraid of me than me of them, but I figured I'd ask to see what others have done in a case like this.
I see them alot on my commutes and they rarely bother me or anyone. Just thank God you din't see wildpigs!
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I was out riding on a very dark trail a couple days ago when I saw what I thought was a pair of eyes on the trail up ahead. See eyes like these all the time. As I got closer, I was starting to wonder what this brave creature was, because they usually take off running on approach, but this one didn't seem to be moving away, but just staring at me. Figured it was a deer or raccoon. Then as I got really close, all of a sudden it lit up between the eyes! That was completely unexpected. Turns out it was a kid on his smartphone with small reflective patches on his sleeves, turning his phone screen toward me so I wouldn't run him over. Never seen that before.
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Old 11-18-16, 09:15 AM
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^ lol, that would've freaked me out
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Did the Coyote speak to you? Cut back on the Peyote buttons would be a good step
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Originally Posted by yamsyamsyams View Post
One morning I took my dog out in our normal walk around the block routine around 6AM. She started whining all of a sudden and I couldn't figure out why. Then right in front of us 50 feet away a coyote appeared, staring at us from the bushes backing to a greenbelt. I started backing away walking backwards with my dog whining and wanting to play and pulling on the leash the entire time. The coyote advanced slowly, then started a trot toward us. I started yelling at it and was prepared to kick the coyote in the face. He got to about 20 feet from us when a cyclist rode around the corner and rang his little commuter bell, and I could see the coyote hesitate and decide that 1 human was OK but not 2 and a bicycle. He disappeared back into the bushes and the commuter rode off, not even realizing how close he was to witnessing a coyote get kicked in the face.

TL;DR - not all coyotes are skittish and i would be careful.
YES, this is what I'm concerned about--some of the coyotes around here aren't skittish, either.
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Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Coyotes won't bother you. I commute on Prairie paths and run across them all the time on the paths.

I am more worried about deer plowing into me at dusk. I have had them jump across the path right in front of me. Almost as scary as cagers.
Really?? "Coyotes" won't bother you".

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How much do they typically weigh?
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Coyoties are harmless, I've had them follow me on a tractor when mowing a field, but if I stop and make eye contact they run away
What kind of tractor was the coyote driving?
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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
First I ever heard of a coyote attacking a person. The article goes on to say how rare this is and maybe they were rabid. Coyotes generally eat small game - field mice, rabbits, etc. and are quite shy of people.
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First I ever heard of a coyote attacking a person.
This happened here 5 years ago: In two months, three coyote attacks on kids in Broomfield ? The Denver Post
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We have here in Ontario, what have been labeled as Coywolves. A Coyote/Wolf Hybrid.
On a Turkey hunt a couple of Years ago I had one run out of the Bush and grab my Decoy. A 12 Gauge load of #4's spoiled his Day. He weighed in excess of 75 lbs.
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
Humans have encroached on their habitat but the coyote keeps adapting.
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Although there are certainly many parts of the country where this is true, in the east the coyotes are the encroachers. 50 years ago they were very rare east of the big muddy, but in many areas they are now common.
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What kind of tractor was the coyote driving?
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Originally Posted by kellichou View Post
YES, this is what I'm concerned about--some of the coyotes around here aren't skittish, either.
To put it in perspective, raccoon attacks are far more common, and potentially more dangerous.
Statistically, deer and bees are a far greater threat.
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To put it in perspective, raccoon attacks are far more common, and potentially more dangerous.
Statistically, deer and bees are a far greater threat.
What do Raccoons do? Wash you to death?
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When I was a kid I watched a medium size raccoon whup up on a large German Shepard Dog. It is kinda a funny story, but I felt sorry for the dog.
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What do Raccoons do? Wash you to death?
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
Statistically, deer and bees are a far greater threat.
You don't need to convince me;
In the last few weeks I've had a close deer encounter at 40mph on the bicycle, and two more deer encounters on the motorcycle.

Here is one:
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