Coyotes Are Colonizing Cities. Step Forward the Urban Hunter.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dennis Murphy sniffed the bobcat urine he uses to lure his prey. He checked the silencer on his AR-15 assault rifle and loaded a few snares into his Ford pickup.

“Let’s go kill some coyotes,” he said.

But he wasn’t heading for the wilderness. Mr. Murphy’s stalking ground is on the contentious new frontier where hunters are clashing with conservationists: cities and suburbs.

Coyotes are largely associated with their ancestral bastions in the wild lands of the American West, but they are highly adaptable, and in recent years they have been colonizing large population centers throughout North America. The hunters have come after them, stalking the predators in settings like strip mall parking lots, housing tract cul-de-sacs, and plazas in the shadow of skyscrapers.

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  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I’m waiting for the hogs to show up…

    • Editor

      They’re having fun with that in Florida and Texas. US population of feral hogs is estimated at 6 million.

    • They will.

    • mauser 98

      wow…….had no idea up this far

  • Alain

    They cannot help themselves: “assault rifle”?

    • UCSPanther

      The media would call a Trapdoor Springfield or a Martini-Henry an “assault rifle”…

      • simus1

        As soon as NYT popped up in the “prewarning” I moved straight to comments.

    • Editor

      Hey, it has a military sounding name, it’s black and he has one of those hollywood type whisper quiet silencers on it. That’s the trifecta of evil!

  • Martin B

    Those girls will grow up right.

  • ntt1

    We have lots of Coyotes in town, their only impact is on outdoor cats and small dogs whose owners don’t care enough to put them on a leash .In other words animals that would have been a problem to other property owners. they will reach a balance point just like the new balance between trash pandas and cougars. we used to have dozens around but now its just one or two very nervous animals. the cougars have massively reduced their numbers

  • simus1

    Was slowly driving out of a graveyard west of Metro awhile back when a sleek coyote trotted in the main entrance driveway towards my car obviously without a care in the world and proceeded to a lookout from where the local squirrel activity could be discreetly monitored. Not much like the poor skinny creatures found out west. One I once came upon trotting along on the edge of a side road out there must have been half blind and deaf as well as half starved, because it didn’t look over until my car was parallel to it and we were then face to face. Then it took off for the high grass.
    Foolish people along the regular route of the one I saw here must be feeding the damn thing.

  • Hard Little Machine

    S&W 642

  • A Hamilton Guy

    Wait till one grabs a baby or a small child left in the back yard for some sunshine. Animal Rights will call it mommy’s fault.

    • UCSPanther

      There was a case back in the 1990s when a black bear slaughtered a young boy right in a town. His mother was harassed by animal rights activists for some time afterwards.