A new study shows how coyotes and bobcats flee toward people when larger predators like wolves are around — only for humans to finish them off. Advertisement In the most recent study, a team led by Laura Prugh, a University of Washington wildlife ecologist, placed trackers on 35 coyotes, 22 wolves, 37 bobcats and 60 cougars in Washington to see how they interacted with each other — and…
Advertisement In the most recent study, a team led by Laura Prugh, a University of Washington wildlife ecologist, placed trackers on 35 coyotes, 22 wolves, 37 bobcats and 60 cougars in Washington to see how they interacted with each other — and with people.
Coyotes are “extremely smart,” Prugh said, “so they’re pretty much the hardest animal to catch” and put a collar on. Unlike in Wile E. Coyote cartoons “where the Road Runner is smarter than Wile E., Wile E. is usually smarter than we are.”
The real top dog In the real world, researchers found coyotes and bobcats tend to bolt toward human-dominated areas when wolves and cougars are on the prowl. But humans turned out to be no shield. People killed the tracked coyotes and bobcats at more than three times the rate the bigger four-legged carnivores did. One was hit by a car. Eight were finished off by traps. And 16 others were shot dead. headtopics.
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