Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Coyote monogamy

ScienceDaily (Sep. 25, 2012) — Coyotes living in cities don't ever stray from their mates, and stay with each other till death do them part, according to a new study.
The finding sheds light on why the North American cousin of the dog and wolf, which is originally native to deserts and plains, is thriving today in urban areas.
Scientists with Ohio State University who genetically sampled 236 coyotes in the Chicago area over a six-year period found no evidence of polygamy -- of the animals having more than one mate -- nor of one mate ever leaving another while the other was still alive.
The rest of the story here. Read the article, it's actually pretty interesting.
- Stretch


I knew that, it's the same with coyotes everywhere. That's why when you kill one, you always blow a ki-yi call right away so it's mate will be drawn in by it - sounds just like that puppy you backed over last week. Yeah, so shoot one, blast a ki-yi or three and get back on the rifle and start scanning for the mate running in at full speed. You can pick up a double sometimes that way.
Downright heartbreaking, ain't it?


hiswiserangel said...

Aw, I always knew you were a big old romantic softie. You don't want the coyote to suffer heartbroken. You are such a sweet, kind-hearted, gentle spirit. ;-)

timbo said...

Haha! What a big meanie - again!

Actually it's the decent thing to do.

BobG said...

There are more coyotes now than there were 150 years ago.
We shot all the slow ones, poisoned all the dumb ones, so what's left?

wirecutter said...

Very true, Bob. Back in good ol'1492 when Columbus sailed the blue coyotes were pretty much contained between the Rockies and Sierras, them being open country critters and all. But as civilization crept in and forests were cleared and routes were opened up over the mountain ranges.....
Now you can find the motherfuckers in every state in the Union except Alaska and Hawaii.

Windy Wilson said...

I think there's a few yodel dogs in Alaska now.

curious how monogamy and fidelity are considered beneficial for coyotes, but not for humans, despite thousands of years of experience. I wonder who paid for the coyote study, and who pays for the human study. Considering the state of family law nowadays, I'd have to say the latter was paid by some feminist group.