Understanding the Complexity of a Carnivore's Life

| 1/4/2016 11:46:00 AM

Tags: Geri Vistein, Maine, carnivores, livestock, coyotes, ,


Photo credit Debbie DiCarlo

To begin, I would encourage you to read my last blog if you have not done so as yet. In my closing statement there, I shared these thoughts:

“When coyotes are present on your land, they are offering you the free services of the keystone carnivore, if you are willing to accept them. And they will continue to do so in ways that will astound you if you would first stop and take note of the results of their services and if you understand what they ask of you.”

So keep looking for the results of their services. If you keep looking, you will see. But what do they ask of you? The answer has a great deal to do with their resulting relationship with your farm animals.

They want you to understand that they have a life to live as well, and that their life means as much to them, as yours means to you.  But in order to really understand this, it is important to be aware of their complex social lives, and how our interactions with them can either support or destroy their social relationships. Again, I cannot reiterate the importance of this in regard to the safety of your farm animals.

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