Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in outdoor and travel markets. A former small-town newspaper editor and reporter, she constantly hunts for news headlines you need to read. Barbara also publishes Women’s Outdoor News online and pens columns for the National Wild Turkey Federation and Shooting Sports USA. Hailing from the Ozarks of Missouri, this avid hunter is now mentoring the second generation of hunters - her own little bevy of Realtree-wearing grandchildren.
Who Let the Cats Out?
According to our pal, outdoor writer JR Absher, urban coyotes mainly are living off cats. JR, over at his blog titled “Slugs & Plugs,” writes, “The American Bird Conservancy, one of the principal conservation groups that fully grasps the irrationality of some cities’ feral cat trap and release programs, reports this week that studies indicate that as coyotes move into urban areas, their predominant prey is outdoor cats.” Of course, the ABC likes the fact that coyotes are leaving birds alone.
I agree with JR. The Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) programs exacerbate this problem – of providing easy dinner for coyotes and thus, encouraging them to hang around neighborhoods longer. I wonder – will bowhunting for coyotes become an urban opportunity soon, as a result of domestic cat owners' and feral cat do-gooders' ignorance?
Is there a coyote problem in your neck of the woods, and what is your neighborhood or city doing about it?