Batty wrote:Is it possible to tame a wild-born coyote? Captive-born dingoes get used to people and become quite tame, but wild dingoes never do.
In fact, wild dingoes that become used to people become very dangerous because they see young children as prey.
Research leads me to believe it can be done. This guy is also young, looks like a half grown pup. The alternative is just unspeakable. I can't shoot him and the neighbors will. I don't expect him to ever be a pet, but I'm hoping that he'll live out his life in the enclosure we'll build for him.
This site tells about hybrid and pure wolves, but it would be similar for coyotes. Please read it before you put any more consideration into penning up the coyote. Not to mention, where there's one, there's probably more. Shooting is a distasteful option, but please be well aware of what you're getting yourself into.
Fallingleaf wrote:I've been having problem with the wild life where I live.
Recently I've been having mongoose problems they keep eating the bird and cat food!
I've been thinking about trapping the creature and handing it over but they will kill it of course.
I don't know what to do!
Other than that I've had a couple of cardinals I love how the male feed the female one.
Your best bet is to keep the pet food indoors. Or, don't free feed. Start putting your pets on a feeding schedule. They get fed twice a day (once if you have to, three times if you can) and if they don't eat it all right then while you're supervising, it gets taken away until the next scheduled feeding. Where do you live that you have mongoose and cardinals?
For Hawke, it's been a fun summer of sightings...
There have been Western Tanangers, tiger swallowtail butterflies, gold finches, some kind of sparrow I haven't identified yet, fox sparrow I think. I had a screech owl swoop down on my kittens and send them skittering back into the house. I had oriels mobbing my raven down at the creek one day (I took him home before he REALLY got mad and decided to eat one). There are turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks and swainson's hawks out at the river. Starlings have raised two nests of babies under my porch roof.
I discovered that Twin Falls has a huge population of feral ring-necked doves along with the native mourning doves.
I've seen both the second largest bullsnake I've ever seen and the smallest! I saw the largest one twice- once in the hands of a guy who caught it, and once a quarter mile or so away a few days after we let it go. Then, the local kids found and caught a tiny baby one. He was SOOOO cute! They wanted to keep it, but I pointed out that they couldn't just toss it in a tank and hope it would live, so they let it go again. I also saw a tiny newborn baby garter snake. He was so young he was having trouble figuring out how to slither across the pavement! (yes, baby snakes have a clumsy toddler stage, and I've had newborn baby garters in captivity, so I've seen this before)
the most epic sighting though... I was riding my bike home from work through the college campus one day, and heard a bunch of robins giving the alarm call. I was looking for robins, but didn't see them- instead I saw that they were alarm calling about and practically came face to face with a great-horned owl! I was within 10 feet of him- a couple feet away from the trunk of the tree he was in, and he wasn't up very high. We looked at each other for a few moments, but when I reached back to grab my phone for the camera, he took off- so no pictures. But it was SO cool!
OH! Totally forgot to mention...
Thursday, while riding home from work (yes, I ride my bike every day), I saw a car hit a ground squirrel a few blocks ahead of me. The driver got out, and obviously felt bad and moved the rodent out of the road before moving on. I got up there and the squirrel was very dead, mostly internal injuries/ bleeding, but one of his front legs had also been mangled. Overall though... he wasn't too messy. So... waiting for the cars to clear... I tossed it into my backpack to take home as a treat for the raven. Sam LOVED it. He ate most of it over Friday, and I threw out what was left, because by that point it was smelling pretty ripe. Not sure what species it was.
That same day, when I was almost home, I noticed a bird struggling to fly in a person's front yard. So I got off the bike and went to investigate. I found a juvenile starling with a broken wing. The damage is in the wrist, and he was bleeding and swollen- VERY recent injury. Not sure what happened- if he hit something like a car or wire or what. I had to carefully hold him in one hand, and steer my bike with the other the rest of the way home!
He was a little shocky by the time we got home, so all I did was wrap him up in vet wrap and get a little water, and then later a little food in him. (if he'd been cold I wouldn't have even given him water until he'd warmed up) The next day, he managed to take the wrapping off (NO idea how!) so I finished cleaning up the injury and then wrapped just his wing with vet wrap, and that bandage has stayed on. He's not quite old enough to feed himself yet, but he's old enough to be all "YOU ARE NOT MY MOMMY!" so I have to force feed him. He's survived the first 48 hours, and we're actually going on 3 days now, so I'm pretty certain it wasn't a cat injury. So long as he survives the next 4 days, I'll be able to call him officially on the mend. I have no idea if he'll ever fly again or not. I'm hoping he will. I think I caught the injury early enough, and got the wing stabilized that with a bit of stretching and exercise in a few weeks, he SHOULD be able to fly. If not... then I suppose I have a pet starling!
I'm actually a little apprehensive... I've NEVER had much luck with starlings before, but he's active and feisty, and not crawling with mites or acting sick... so I have hope for this one.