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APES Coyote Project

Amy, Billy, Hannah, Jacob
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Amy B

on 17 December 2012

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Transcript of APES Coyote Project

The Problem:
Coyotes Plans of Attack Refining the Plan Put the plan into action Meadowburgh, Coyote Management Plan Amy, Billy, Hannah, & Jacob Coyotes: An Overview Different Views There are two coyotes in the metro park! Good:
All parties are satisfied
The coyotes stay in the city
Bad:
The coyotes might get agitated or provoked and kill someone, especially a young child
This technique takes a lot of time for each coyote born or introduced
The coyotes lose some of their natural predator instincts Domestication Good:
No more coyote problem for citizens who don’t like coyotes
Coyotes still in park for the people who liked the coyotes
Bad:
Expensive
The park isn’t really a metro park anymore since it isn't nearly as heavily populated
Reflects poorly upon the city
Takes a lot of time and resources Move all of the People
who don’t Like the Coyotes Good:
No more coyote problem for citizens who don’t like coyotes
Quick
Inexpensive
Bad:
People who liked the coyotes are now sad
It reflects poorly upon the city Kill the Coyotes Kill the coyotes
Move the coyotes
Move all of the people
who don’t like the coyotes
Domestication
Shock Collars Possibilities… Measuring the Options Good:
All parties are satisfied
Coyotes stay in the city
Doesn't cost that much money
Bad:
Takes a chunk of time to set it up at the beginning Shock Collars Pennsylvania Breeding season for coyotes is February to March
The average litter size is anywhere from 5-9 pups
The pups are born in a den, often the same den each time
The male attends to the female after she gives birth
For around 10 days, he will bring the female and the pups food. This is while the mother stays in the den to take care of her pups that haven’t yet opened their eyes. Habits: Reproduction Coyotes can hunt in packs, but they do not always.
When hunting in packs, they normally hunt for larger prey like deer or an antelope. They will have 1+ coyotes go out, and then the rest will come in and help chase it.
Hunting in packs tires the prey and makes killing it easier.
Coyotes will follow animals to their burrows and eat what pops out of the burrow. Habit: Feeding A coyote’s territory can range from 2-30 miles long
They establish territories by scent marking and defend the territories by using calls.
Only a coyote’s family members can be in the territory.
Where there is less food, the territories are larger. Habit: Territory Habits and Needs of Coyotes The typical gestation period for a female coyote is 63 days. Habits: Reproduction When hunting smaller prey, such as mice, the coyote will stiffen its legs and pounce and attack its prey. Habit: Feeding cont. Howling- used to tell other coyotes where another one is located
Yipping- used to welcome other coyotes into a pack
Short Bark- used to warn other coyotes of danger
High-pitched Barks- used to communicate with puppies
Whining/Whimpering- used when males and females are bonding Habit: Communication Coyotes are opportunistic feeders that will eat almost anything.
Coyotes are omnivores that can eat many things, including deer, rabbits, livestock, fruits, and vegetables.
Coyotes can also eat people’s pets. Needs: Food Coyotes are very adaptable animals that can live in a variety of habitats. The main habitat is a grassland.
They can also live in deserts, the mountains, plains, and even in populated cities.
In the US, they are found in all states except for Hawaii. They are also found in most of Canada. Needs: Habitat Good:
No more coyote problem for citizens who don’t like coyotes
Quick
Bad:
People who liked the coyotes are now sad
It reflects poorly upon the city
It may not necessarily resolve the issue if the coyotes decide to come back Make the Coyotes Leave The Details Shock Collars A lot of planning must go into this project for it to work.
First of all, sensors must be put into many materials- trash cans, recycling bins, mailboxes, and houses. They will also be given out to everyone in town in the form of a bracelet. If the coyotes get within a certain amount of feet of the item or person, then they are shocked.
There is no perimeter defining the coyotes’ boundaries in terms of areas around the city. If the coyotes choose to leave, then they can leave. Planning In order to fully and safely finish and use the technique, professionals must program the sensors and collars along with the distance recognition.
The coyotes will be sedated temporarily as to make sure the collars are put on securely.
People have a choice whether to wear the bracelet or not. If they choose not to, then any resulting injuries are completely their fault. The city will not take the blame in this case. Implementation If the bracelet is lost or broken, then the person responsible must purchase another with his or her own money.
New bracelets will be distributed every five (5) years.
In the case that the voltage is too high or low, the voltage can be adjusted remotely from a computer. Future Issues The shock collars are put on the coyotes and put on medium voltage- enough to literally shock the animal but not enough to kill it.
If they get too close to something they’re not supposed to, then the collars kick in for 2 seconds.
In the beginning, the coyotes are going to have to test their boundaries. They’ll get shocked often as they learn where they are and aren’t allowed.
Over a short period of time, the coyotes will adapt to their new limits and learn to live within them. How the coyotes are affected: Ethical responsibility to manage Earth’s biodiversity
Control coyote population by hunting Stewardship View All species have an intrinsic right to live
Coyotes control prey populations Biocentric View Science determines solutions
Use only solid scientific data Scientific Management View Coyotes will kill small children & pets
Coyotes are enjoyable additions to the community
Elimination of coyotes will cause a domino effect on other ‘harmful’ species
Don’t want to buckle to every human desire
Public objections Opinions
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