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Re: ok- now doves/predators.

We have plenty of coyotes here (and I am south of you, Quincy, IL) - have even seen them in the yard in broad daylight! I understand, courtesy of the "Illinois Steward" vol.13, no.4 (published by the U. of IL) that because mountain lions may be overpopulated in the west, young males may be seeking new territories, and since adult mountain lions are capable of traveling 50 to 100 miles per day, it would take a matter of weeks for a Colorado cougar to get to us. One was found dead in Mercer Co. in December 2004. Mercer is just south of Rock Island Co. on the Mississippi. If there is an overpopulation of deer, they will come!
On Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at 08:17 AM, Melody wrote:

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
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