State Land Commissioner signs order banning coyote killing contests-ALBUQUERQUE, N.M

It’s been a fight that went nowhere in Santa Fe for years, but Thursday with one signature the new Land Commissioner outlawed killing contests on state land. 

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coyotes lounging in a yard or approaching/following people

There’s a delightful thrill to the call of a band of coyotes when you’re alone in the dark woods. Do they present a danger? That is, have healthy coyotes (that is, not rabid) been known to attack or show aggressiveness to a lone human?

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The Eastern Coyote Is Born

We can estimate the date of the most recent hybridization events that created eastern coyotes by analyzing their genetic structure. Their DNA show that about 100 years ago, coyotes mated with wolves, and about 50 years ago with dogs. A century ago, wolf populations in the Great Lakes were at their nadir, living at such low density that some reproductive animals probably couldn’t find another wolf mate, and had to settle with a coyote.

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