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Rick Brockway

January 3, 2014

Coyotes specialize at disturbing peace


They say if the food is plentiful and the coyote numbers are down there will be several pups in a litter. But if food is scarce and their numbers are up the litters are very small. Nature has a way of balancing things.

Our coyotes are far different than those in the west. I was hunting elk one fall near Grand Junction, Colo., and one of the guides shot a big male coyote. It was small compared to ours. That big male was lucky to weigh 35 pounds soaking wet. Back when my wife and I operated Woodland Taxidermy, I skinned a lot of them that weighed between 60-70 pounds. The Eastern coyote is crossed with the wolf and it’s here to stay.

The next time you hear them out in the woods or in the back meadow, enjoy it. I think their melodious song is rather beautiful.

Perhaps beauty is in the ear of the beholder.

Note: As many of you have heard there are groups of feral hogs that have moved into the state. Previously there has been an open season with no bag limit on them. Recently the DEC has changed its ruling and has banned hunting and shooting the wild pigs. They find it hinders their trapping efforts of eradicating this evasive creature that is invading New York.

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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