Coyotes in the city: lessons for 2011


People's World contributing writer John Bachtell tells us, via his Facebook page, that he and his dog encountered a coyote two short blocks from his Chicago home. What's more, he says, "At last count there were approximately 2,000 coyotes in Chicago. They may need some representation in city council soon." Yikes!

It sounds unnatural and scary. But it turns out that coyotes are common in our urban areas (several were spotted in New York City earlier this year), do little harm and actually do some good - helping curb urban over-population of Canadian geese and rodents.

There are some important lessons here: Expect the unexpected. Think, gather facts and analyze before reacting. There is balance in nature, and we human beings are part of nature.

As we ponder the state of our country and the world, this year-end season, it is good to keep those things in mind.

America's workers and their families have had their share of ups and downs this year. The economic picture remains bleak for many of us and our communities. Yet, amazingly, through it all, people are standing up and fighting for what's right, and they are increasingly doing it in unity with others. And the result has been some remarkable victories - victories that, frankly, would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Right-wing hate-mongering may capture headlines, and garner some support, but this week's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a symbol of a new climate, a broadening democratic understanding, among ordinary Americans.

No doubt about it: we face a tough battle in 2011. We're up against the power of the reckless, ruthless, most extreme right-wing sections of American capitalism. They are looking to roll us back to the robber-baron/Jim Crow age - by any means necessary. We have to take that very seriously. It's easy to get mad, but it's more important to figure out the winning way forward. That takes a deeper look, a longer view.

Chicago's coyotes teach us that.

And it's what we try to do, here at People's World. With your support, we look forward to continuing the good fight in the new year.

We'll be publishing on a lighter schedule between now and New Year's. Meanwhile, we wish all our readers very pleasant, healthy and safe holidays.

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  • Don't think the red wolf and coyote are related. Problem with coyotes in the city is that we have encroached on their habitat. They are much more aggressive than foxes and will attack small or medium dogs or cats. Important not to feed them or it will bring them into your space. Don't leave your pet outside or get away if you are walking a small dog. Even if you carry it the coyote will attack you. Carry a can filled with pebbles and yell and throw the can (not at the coyote) close and just try to scare it away. Coyotes are wild and although pretty they are nOT CUTE and can harm.

    Posted by Viviana, 01/14/2011 11:50am (5 years ago)

  • Shoot,

    I'd thought this article would be about Margo Saint James' hooker's union C. O. Y. O. T. E. /Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics: That time of year.

    Nice article all the same.

    Coyote is an interesting creature. When observed, wondering what I can do in turn for entertainment as well. Your turn, human being; I'm waiting too, ya know!

    Hey, is the Louisiana red wolf any relation? Always wondered...

    Posted by Robert Jastad, 12/23/2010 3:37pm (5 years ago)

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