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The Predator Boom

The Predator Boom

Predators have made a comeback all around the country. In some regions the populations have gone unchecked and wild game herds have suffered the consequences.
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from RemsDad wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I'd say it's a toss up between the coyotes and the swine with the wolf a close third. But "experts" saying yotes and wolves breed is questionable since the wolves will drive the yotes out of their territory. It's more likely (if they bother to check DNA) that the yotes have bred with dogs. (which has been documented)

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from docwells2000 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Our family owns 300 acres in Central Texas and the biggest wildlife decline that I have seen is in the duck population. We have been overrun with bobcats and coyotes. We also have a large herd of feral hogs, specifically, one large boar that I plan on dispatching with extreme prejudice within the next week. Fortunately, our fawns seem to be surviving, but the bird population is declining.

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from 2tailfins wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I live in the "wilds" of Las Vegas and I saw 3 full grown Coyotes at the end of my street last night- I pulled up right next to them and they just looked at me- My wife and daughter go for nightly walks around the neighborhoods her and I told her not to go unless she took a pistol with her.

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from BigJake60 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I moved from Texas 20 years ago. I had several hundred acres there. The hogs were terrible. I let any one who wanted, to hunt them free. Now I look on the internet and ranchers are charging $400.00
to $1,000.00 to hunt them. Whats with this? The hogs and coyotes are the worst.

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from UP_Brent wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

The wolves are getting really bad in the U.P. of Michigan. The black bear population seams to be growing as well, but the wolves are becoming a nuisance!

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from akferraro1 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

So we train the wolves to eat the hogs and then have the bears eat the wolves and coyotes- no? As a PS fan I saw we leaves the lions alone.

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from prontoconto wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

In northcentral & northeastern Wisconsin it's wolves. A year or two ago a trail cam near a wolf den recorded over 50 different fawns being carried into the den. That's gotta hurt the herd. I don't want my wife going into the woods unarmed after an incident with three wolves outside her deer blind at dusk.

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from sdmanning wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

In Mississippi I would have to say wild hogs are the biggest threat. They are very destructive to habitat and forage for wildlife. Very difficult to keep under control. Coyotes would run close second.

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from HoosierHunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

You forgot to mention the most vicious predator of all...... the antihunters!! Besides them... I would have to say that the hogs and wolves are going have the largest impact on hunting. Fortunately, we have very lenient seasons on coyotes and we just need more people out there hunting them! If every deer hunter that complains about coyotes would go out and shoot at least two per season, then I bet their population would be in check!

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from X2DKkiller wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

If you go Kifi 8 you can read what our gov has to say about the wolves and what he plans to do about it.

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

For a long time the wildlife department in Oklahoma said there were no black bears in Eastern Oklahoma, After several were caught on camera and hit by cars, they had to say differant. They still say there are no cougar and wolves here. I have seen both, and not just me, but several people I know have also. I dont know why they wont admit to it, unless they worry about scaring people.

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from traisor wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Coyotes and hogs.

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from hunterD wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Didn't think much about these predators just a few years ago in central-northern WI but now I'm sure it's on the back of every hunters mind. Here is my list, 1 being the highest threat. 1. hogs 2. mountain lions 3. wolves 4. bears

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from Deepwoods wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I'll have to say that wild hogs are the real threat to other species of wildlife.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

There is a reason why so many states allow predator hunts with no bag limit. Shear numbers alone account for 17% fawn deaths alone by way of yotes.

I was picking up fresh tracks one morning and heard the the tall grass just ahead of me rustling uncontrollably and then cries and yelps. Ten more steps revealed a large male yote had taken down a fawn and was eating her alive. I was so infuriated I emptied 5 plus one into both animals...the fawn would have not survived the throat tears and disembowelment.

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from tovlogos wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I find the bears in PA fairly predictable. But I don't trust coyotes. I carry a side arm mainly for them.

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from m_r_sanders wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

North of Houston, and other areas in Texas, Coyotes used the main concern. Now, it is Feral Hogs. They have just exploded in population and have just made a mess of everything. They tear up land and have contributed to lower deer numbers by simply pushing them out.
They really need to be put in check, but that seems impossible at the rate they reproduce.
Don't get me wrong, I love hunting them and they are great to eat. Just not sure all that fun is worth the damage they are causing.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Hey bigjake,

The suburbs were Westlands Park and Greenwood village. You can read more about what's going on out there here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/us/16coyote.html

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from jlyon.24 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

The Hogs are getting bad in my area. We have a pretty good yote crew that keeps them in check. I have yet to see a wolf in Central NY but have heard of some lions. I think it would be nice to see other predetors in the woods other than humans.

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from X2DKkiller wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I would rather have the bears and lions over the damn wolves any day.

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from bigjake wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Could I possibly get the name of that Denver suburb??,I would definately move for a shot at that job.

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from m_r_sanders wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

North of Houston, and other areas in Texas, Coyotes used the main concern. Now, it is Feral Hogs. They have just exploded in population and have just made a mess of everything. They tear up land and have contributed to lower deer numbers by simply pushing them out.
They really need to be put in check, but that seems impossible at the rate they reproduce.
Don't get me wrong, I love hunting them and they are great to eat. Just not sure all that fun is worth the damage they are causing.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

There is a reason why so many states allow predator hunts with no bag limit. Shear numbers alone account for 17% fawn deaths alone by way of yotes.

I was picking up fresh tracks one morning and heard the the tall grass just ahead of me rustling uncontrollably and then cries and yelps. Ten more steps revealed a large male yote had taken down a fawn and was eating her alive. I was so infuriated I emptied 5 plus one into both animals...the fawn would have not survived the throat tears and disembowelment.

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from bigjake wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Could I possibly get the name of that Denver suburb??,I would definately move for a shot at that job.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Hey bigjake,

The suburbs were Westlands Park and Greenwood village. You can read more about what's going on out there here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/us/16coyote.html

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from tovlogos wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I find the bears in PA fairly predictable. But I don't trust coyotes. I carry a side arm mainly for them.

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from hunterD wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Didn't think much about these predators just a few years ago in central-northern WI but now I'm sure it's on the back of every hunters mind. Here is my list, 1 being the highest threat. 1. hogs 2. mountain lions 3. wolves 4. bears

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from X2DKkiller wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

If you go Kifi 8 you can read what our gov has to say about the wolves and what he plans to do about it.

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from HoosierHunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

You forgot to mention the most vicious predator of all...... the antihunters!! Besides them... I would have to say that the hogs and wolves are going have the largest impact on hunting. Fortunately, we have very lenient seasons on coyotes and we just need more people out there hunting them! If every deer hunter that complains about coyotes would go out and shoot at least two per season, then I bet their population would be in check!

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from sdmanning wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

In Mississippi I would have to say wild hogs are the biggest threat. They are very destructive to habitat and forage for wildlife. Very difficult to keep under control. Coyotes would run close second.

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from prontoconto wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

In northcentral & northeastern Wisconsin it's wolves. A year or two ago a trail cam near a wolf den recorded over 50 different fawns being carried into the den. That's gotta hurt the herd. I don't want my wife going into the woods unarmed after an incident with three wolves outside her deer blind at dusk.

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from X2DKkiller wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I would rather have the bears and lions over the damn wolves any day.

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from BigJake60 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I moved from Texas 20 years ago. I had several hundred acres there. The hogs were terrible. I let any one who wanted, to hunt them free. Now I look on the internet and ranchers are charging $400.00
to $1,000.00 to hunt them. Whats with this? The hogs and coyotes are the worst.

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from docwells2000 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Our family owns 300 acres in Central Texas and the biggest wildlife decline that I have seen is in the duck population. We have been overrun with bobcats and coyotes. We also have a large herd of feral hogs, specifically, one large boar that I plan on dispatching with extreme prejudice within the next week. Fortunately, our fawns seem to be surviving, but the bird population is declining.

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from RemsDad wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I'd say it's a toss up between the coyotes and the swine with the wolf a close third. But "experts" saying yotes and wolves breed is questionable since the wolves will drive the yotes out of their territory. It's more likely (if they bother to check DNA) that the yotes have bred with dogs. (which has been documented)

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from Deepwoods wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I'll have to say that wild hogs are the real threat to other species of wildlife.

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from traisor wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Coyotes and hogs.

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

For a long time the wildlife department in Oklahoma said there were no black bears in Eastern Oklahoma, After several were caught on camera and hit by cars, they had to say differant. They still say there are no cougar and wolves here. I have seen both, and not just me, but several people I know have also. I dont know why they wont admit to it, unless they worry about scaring people.

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from UP_Brent wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

The wolves are getting really bad in the U.P. of Michigan. The black bear population seams to be growing as well, but the wolves are becoming a nuisance!

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from 2tailfins wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I live in the "wilds" of Las Vegas and I saw 3 full grown Coyotes at the end of my street last night- I pulled up right next to them and they just looked at me- My wife and daughter go for nightly walks around the neighborhoods her and I told her not to go unless she took a pistol with her.

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from jlyon.24 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

The Hogs are getting bad in my area. We have a pretty good yote crew that keeps them in check. I have yet to see a wolf in Central NY but have heard of some lions. I think it would be nice to see other predetors in the woods other than humans.

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from akferraro1 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

So we train the wolves to eat the hogs and then have the bears eat the wolves and coyotes- no? As a PS fan I saw we leaves the lions alone.

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