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Re: ok- now doves/predators.

Well, I can tell you there are coyotes all over this part of Tennessee. I agree with Auralie, I'd love to have cougars, or panthers as they are called here. In any case, the deer are way out of control.
zone 7
West TN
where one day I'll get caught up on e-mails -- maybe
----- Original Message ----- From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] ok- now doves/predators.

Yeah, so far the cougars haven't been a problem for humans here, but all
of the sightings have been in large urban areas well populated with
people. It is a federal crime to kill a cougar in Iowa as it is a
protected species here, but sooner or later, if their population
continues to expand (and there's no reason to believe it won't) some
jackass will take it into their head to go looking for trouble, because
as we all know...some people are just plain stupid. So far, also, no
reports of any problems with cougars preying on livestock, which in an
agricultural state like Iowa, where hogs and cattle are big business,
will not be tolerated at all if it starts. Still, I imagine a species
like coyote once started in an area would probably progagate pretty
quickly, huh? I guess I wouldn't say there are no coyotes in Iowa...just
never seen or heard one wherever I''ve lived, so I suspect there is a
long trapping season for these animals like there is for so many other
predator species here.

Hills, IA  zone 5

--- On Tue 05/03,  < Aplfgcnys@aol.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: Aplfgcnys@aol.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 08:44:45 EDT
Subject: Re: [CHAT] ok- now doves/predators.

Melody, I'd rather have the cougars. First of all, they are very<br>shy
of humans, and coyotes are not at all shy. There was a <br>recent case
of a man walking a small dog on a down-county<br>golf course (usually
forbidden) when the dog was snatched<br>by coyotes. Add to that,
anything that reduces the deer <br>population would be a blessing around
here. There are even<br>people who advocate reintroducing wolves. Now
that would<br>be scary!<br>Auralie<br><br>In a message dated 05/03/2005
4:56:58 AM Eastern Daylight Time, <br>mhobertm@excite.com
writes:<br>Auralie: Nope, no coyotes here. Small red foxes are about it,
although<br>in the past year or two there have begun to be cougar
sightings in the<br>area...no cougars in Iowa for about 150 years and
now they are back...at<br>least a half dozen I think at last count. They
believe this is because<br>of the enormous, disease free deer population
we have right now.<br>Hmmm...somehow I think I might prefer coyotes to
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