Coyotes ~ Protection in Chicago
photo by George Gove
In his book American Serengeti author Dan Flores dedicates a chapter to Coyotes, our native wild canine. In these following words from his book, we can come to understand more and more why Coyotes are so capable of living among us ~
“Like humans, coyotes have fission-fusion societies. They are a rare predator to do so. It allows for unusual flexibility to individuals who can either be gregarious or solitary, depending on what circumstances call for. They can cooperate for large prey, but flexibility allows for more individualized effort in different situations.“
So Coyotes who live in a specific situation… adapt to it. This gives Coyotes the ability to live among us quite successfully. Note the above photo where the Coyotes are raising their little ones in a cemetery. And just as Coyotes are very beneficial to farmers in keeping the ecosystem of their farm in balance, so do coyotes keep the ecosystems of our suburbs and cities in balance.
SO WE NEED TO LET THEM GO ABOUT THEIR LIVES.
So one of the largest cities in our country….Chicago….has brought this to their legislature. In the words of the legislator who brought this bill forth: “Leave them alone.” See below a link detailing Chicago’s enlightened understanding of their Coyotes value in their city. What a great understanding to pass on to our children!