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buck09
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Joined: 2004-03-12
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Location: Slinger, WI

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 1:21 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I just got a note that one of my caches (GCJAKR) is located next to what appears to be an active coyote den. I have temporarily archived the cache.

I know little about coyotes, so I thought I throw this out for discussion:

1. What does the DNR (or any other state / muni agency) do about coyote dens in urban areas?

2. How common are coyote dens and how much of a threat are coyotes to people who cross their paths?

Any insight is appreciated.
 
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Lostby7
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Joined: 2005-06-07
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We have a few around here and they sure do keep the rabbit population down.
 
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jthorson
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Location: Pewaukee, WI, USA

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Lostby7:
We have a few around here and they sure do keep the rabbit population down.


Anyone seen BunnyFuFu or Team Honeybunnies recently?

 
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wzbt03
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:37 pm Reply with quote Back to top

You would be amazed at how common coyotes are in both rural and urban areas.
I run into them all the time in the woods and one thing is a given, dogs and coyotes are natural enemies and one scrappy 20 pound coyote will give a 100 pound dog all it can handle.
 
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greyhounder
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm of no help here, but I love coyotes! Nifty little dogs! Hope your cache is far away from me -- or I might be stupid enough to go check it out.....

Bec
 
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LightningBugs Mum
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

If Slinger is where the cache is, it's not that far away, Bec. We've cached there once together already. Image

All I know about coyotes is their howl can send chills up your spine. The first time I heard them, I thought somebody was screaming in the woods. Kinda creepy. I'm afraid that's not very helpful as to your question, however.

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kbraband
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:32 am Reply with quote Back to top

A message to buck09: It looks like the email address you registered under for the WGA forums is not working. Every time someone posts on this topic, I receive a "message failure" email from our website. Please check and correct your registration information. Thanks.
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brkster
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Joined: 2004-06-10
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:46 am Reply with quote Back to top

I looked up the cache, and it's one I did a while back...actually located on the south side of Milwaukee/north side of Greendale just outside of a huge cemetery.

I've only seen coyotes twice, but not while geocaching. Both times were in urban settings; on a golf course, and running down the middle of a city street.Some people say that coyotes are harmless, but I believe that any animal, if it feels threatened, can be dangerous. They are notorious for attacking and killing small pets and have no fear of people at all anymore. I would treat them with a healthy respect.
 
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Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu
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Joined: 2004-05-06
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Location: Waukesha, WI, US

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by jthorson:
Anyone seen BunnyFuFu or Team Honeybunnies recently?




{hoppity hop, hoppity hop} First the Rabbit hunt in Whitelaw, WI Now Coyotes...... Aaaaaaahhhhhhh

Most seem to be affaid of you as you are of them. Now a wolf??? That might be another story. Had coyotes all over when I lived in Wyoming. Heard them but never did see them.

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buck09
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Joined: 2004-03-12
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:33 am Reply with quote Back to top

kbraband: Sorry about the bounces - profile updated.

I haven't been out to the cache site in over a year. I used to live about a mile from there, but have since moved out to Slinger. I think I'm going to investigate the site in the next few weeks. If you don't hear back from me by summer, check around the cache area. If you see a bloody pair of Merril boots by the den, feel free to remove the geocache and / or avenge my death.

Image

Just to put things in perspective, check out this recent thread (with pics) over at Groundspeak: http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=118458

I like the area and if the cache is in good shape, I may just move it to different co-ordinates.
 
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PolskaQueen
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Joined: 2005-10-04
Posts: 27
Location: Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 8:49 am Reply with quote Back to top

We have coyotes in our back yard (Kenosha). Most are scared to death of us and will bolt if they even see our shadow in the window. Two years ago we had a pair that were fearless, however...sat not 20ft away and watched my little pierogies play on the swingset during broad daylight. Of course the kids think they are cute and want to see them up close and personal. At least they know they aren't to touch animals w/o my permission! Most come out at dusk and are "in bed" by dawn. If you know they are denning, I'd move the cache. PQ
 
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GrouseTales
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Joined: 2002-02-18
Posts: 3399
Location: West Allis, Wi

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:59 am Reply with quote Back to top

I received the SBA note on the cache page and opted not to archive it.

Quite frankly, the "yotes" wouldn't bother me any more then a squirrel or rabbit. I would however, be a little concerned if I was bringing my dog along with me on the hunt. Coyotes have been known to enjoy a diet of small critters, including small pets.

Coyotes are quite adaptable and are doing well in city life. The "proper authorities" will most likely not bother the coyotes unless they are known to be causing problems in the area.

I'm curious how we know these are coyotes? Were they observed in the den? Are we looking at footprint evidence, or just asumptions?

If the cache is very close to the den, I might be inclined to move it, so we dont disturb the coyotes. If the cache is a ways of, I'd be inclined to leave it.
 
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buck09
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:19 am Reply with quote Back to top

Well, it looks like the problem resolved itself. I got a note from rogue that the cache had gone through a woodchipper, which is totally awesome. (Had it been an ammo box instead of plastic, I may have felt guilty for possibly messing up the city's rig...)

You can read my archive post for more details.

In the meantime, there's been a flurry of new caches out here in Slinger that are begging to be found.

Happy Caching!
 
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kbraband
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Location: Mequon, WI US

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by buck09:
Well, it looks like the problem resolved itself. I got a note from rogue that the cache had gone through a woodchipper, which is totally awesome.


And totally Fargo, hey?

 
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