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Boulder Mystery Beast Or A VERY large Coyote?


Protecting Boulder's Backyard Giants: Conservation Efforts for Coyotes in the Area

Spindly-legged, Reddish-Brown Classic Coyote

That’s not what our Boulder visitors looked like. Not at all.

Our Backyard Beast!. Coyote-Wolf-Dog Hybrids Are Out There!     pic Lenny Lensworth Frieling

Taller than a backyard table, and 50 pounds of what? BIG Coyote?

I saw this unusual canid in the backyard, where a fox carcass was decomposing. The carcass was down to bones and a little hair. That’s until it vanished.


Fox In Stu in the Backyard                                pic Lenny Lensworth Frieling

Did our mystery monster make the decomposed carcass of a fox disappear apparently overnight? While coyotes will eat bones, they eat them when they eat the rest. Not much later. Not a year later.

I think our Neighborhood Neanderthal was perhaps a giant coyote. Or, perhaps, a coywolf. Dogs, coyotes, and wolves interbreed. What did I see? Just a large coyote shedding a winter coat selectively?  Or was it something else.

Protecting Boulder's Backyard Giants: Conservation Efforts for Coyotes in the Area

Classic Coyote

Challenges Facing Boulder’s Coyotes

Despite their vital ecological role, coyotes in Boulder face numerous threats, many of which are a direct result of human activities. Urbanization and habitat loss force coyotes to adapt to living in close proximity to human communities, leading to conflicts and negative interactions. Additionally, vehicle collisions pose a significant risk to coyotes as they navigate fragmented habitats and roadways in search of food and mates.

Furthermore, intentional and unintentional feeding by humans can lead to habituation, where coyotes lose their natural wariness of humans and become dependent on unnatural food sources. This, in turn, can result in aggressive behavior and ultimately lead to the removal or euthanization of coyotes, posing a threat to their long-term survival in the area.

Protecting Boulder's Backyard Giants: Conservation Efforts for Coyotes in the Area

Conservation Strategies and Initiatives

To address the challenges facing Boulder’s coyotes, a multi-faceted approach to conservation is essential. This includes public education and outreach programs aimed at fostering coexistence and minimizing human-coyote conflicts. By raising awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership, proper waste management, and the avoidance of feeding wildlife, these initiatives seek to create a safer environment for both humans and coyotes.

In addition, implementing wildlife corridors and green spaces within urban landscapes can help mitigate the impacts of habitat fragmentation, providing coyotes with safe passage between vital areas. Furthermore, ongoing research and monitoring efforts enable scientists and conservationists to gather crucial data on coyote behavior, population dynamics, and health, informing evidence-based management decisions.

Community Engagement and Collaboration

Engaging the community in conservation efforts is paramount to the long-term success of protecting Boulder’s coyotes. Local organizations, wildlife agencies, and concerned citizens can work together to develop and implement conservation strategies that benefit both humans and wildlife. Citizen science initiatives, such as wildlife monitoring programs and reporting systems for coyote sightings and interactions, allow community members to actively contribute to conservation efforts while fostering a sense of stewardship for the local environment.

Moreover, fostering a culture of respect and understanding toward coyotes and other wildlife is essential in creating a sustainable and harmonious relationship between humans and the natural world. By coming together to support and advocate for the conservation of Boulder’s coyotes, the community can play a pivotal role in safeguarding these backyard giants for generations to come.

As guardians of Boulder‘s backyard giants, it is our collective responsibility to uphold the conservation efforts aimed at protecting the local coyote population. By recognizing the ecological significance of coyotes, addressing the challenges they face, and actively participating in community-based conservation initiatives, we can ensure a future where these magnificent creatures continue to thrive alongside us in Boulder’s natural landscape.

Lenny Lensworth Frieling

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