Walkabout In The Weminuche Wilderness

Herschel Smith · 05 Aug 2018 · 29 Comments

"There are no socialists in the bush" - HPS All of my physical training only barely prepared me for the difficulty of the Weminuche Wilderness (pronounced with the "e" silent).  It's National Forest land, not National Park.  The Department of Agriculture no longer prints maps of the area, so we relied on NatGeo for the map, and it's good, but not perfect. We have a lot of ground to cover, including traveling with firearms, the modification I made to one of my guns for the trip, the actors…… [read more]

Coyote Attacks Teenager In Massachusetts

BY Herschel Smith
2 months ago

Via reader Wynn, Foxnews:

A coyote attacked a teen in the woods of Massachusetts over the weekend, Boston 25 News and other local media reported.

The incident happened in Swampscott, northeast of Boston, on Saturday night and paramedics rushed the 17-year-old victim to a hospital, according to the station. The circumstances surrounding the attack were unclear.

The Swampscott Police Department took to Facebook on Saturday evening.

“This evening in a wooded area between Burpee Rd and the upper Jackson Field, there was an incident involving a coyote bite,” authorities said.

They went on, “We urge residents to use extreme caution in any wooded area in town.”

Swampscott police said that they and environmental police searched the area but didn’t find the animal.

They also listed several precautions people can take when dealing with an approaching coyote.

“Walk with a walking stick, carry a noise maker, walk with a buddy,” they said in part.

Probably not a Coyote – probably a Coywolf.

Yea, I carry a noisemaker.  A very loud one.  And I walk with a buddy too.  His name is 230-gr .45 ACP fat boy.  He doesn’t mind it when I call him fat boy.

Say, don’t they have all of that gun control in Massachusetts anyway?

Meanwhile, TCJ correspondent Fred has joined a union and is on strike for better wages.

Nine Year Old North Carolina Girl Attacked By Coyote

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 4 weeks ago

Via reader Fred Tippens, Yahoo:

A 9-nine-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote outside of her home in North Carolina.

On Thursday evening, the animal approached Madilyn Fowler on her porch, leaving her with minor injuries, including scratches on her bottom, back and face, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

“The coyote had been attempting to attack the family dog before this,” the Davie County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “The Victims Mother was able to get the coyote to stop the attack.”

It’s unclear whether Fowler was exposed to rabies; however, the sheriff’s office issued an advisory to those in the area to stay guarded, especially considering the coyote couldn’t be located after the attack.

“We recommend that residents in the area be cautious with their pets and when outdoors for the next two weeks,” the advisory message on Facebook says. “An animal infected with rabies normally expires within two weeks, but can spread the disease to other animals and humans that it comes into contact with.”

And thus I carry a gun all the time, for predators of the four-legged kind and the two-legged kind.  The two-legged concern me more than the four-legged, but it’s best to be prepared.

It may have been a Coyote, but more than likely a mixture such as Coywolf.

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North Carolina Man Shoots And Kills Coyote To Protect His Daughter And Dog

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

From reader Fred Tippens, WSOCTV.

ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina man said he shot and killed a coyote after it came dangerously close to his 6-year-old daughter and dog.

Ian Vigus said that shortly after he came home from work in Orange County, he heard his dog barking near where his daughter was playing.

Vigus said his dog was spooked by a coyote, so he took both the dog and his daughter inside and grabbed his rifle.

“As he started to lope off, I shot him and killed him,” Vigus said. “I just wanted to protect my family and protect my livestock.”

Orange County officials said there have been several recent reports of coyotes in the area.

Earlier this week in Huntersville, a family came face-to-face with a coyote that officials said was rabid.

In a video that the Schroter family recorded of the encounter, the coyote can be seen snarling at them.

More … tests confirm that Coyote that attacked Huntersville family’s car was rabid.

As I mentioned before, I’ve had them come trotting down the road at me in my neighborhood.  I wonder whether this was a Coyote or a Coywolf.  Many of what people take for Coyotes are actually Coywolves.

Via Knuckledraggin’, this is a good video about the Coywolf, but I found that it was too focused on the Northeast and Canada, as if the Coywolf was a Canadian invention and remains in the Northeast.  They also make the mistake of assuming that the Coywolf is just Wolf and Coyote, but it’s clear that it’s more complicated than that.

Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are actually a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog …

The Eastern coyote is one of 19 subspecies of coyote, which are adaptable predators that live everywhere from the streets of Los Angeles to Florida swamps.

The Eastern subspecies, which ranges as far west as Ohio, is thought to have migrated to the Northeast some 80 years ago, taking over the range occupied by wolves and interbreeding with the larger animals.

They no longer overlap with wolves, which are long gone from the East save for the very rare red wolf, but they remain eight to 25 percent wolf genetically, said Roland Kays, a leading coyote biologist with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

They are also about eight to 11 percent dog due to past interbreeding with feral dogs, he said.

The point of all of this is that we have a new breed of very adaptable, very smart canine in the land, one that isn’t scared of humans, may be rabid, and knows how to survive virtually anywhere.

Do you carry guns with you?  I do.  If threatened, you can’t shoot them if you don’t carry guns.

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