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Kentucky Color - Coyotes are recent residents

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By BIlly Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

This coyote seemed to have no fear of me as he was doing some hunting beside KY 704 in the Western Plain of Adair's Largest Sinkhole. Coyotes are becoming more plentiful each year according to my observations.

I don't know the reason for it but I never remember seeing a coyote until after the Mini-Ice Age of the winter of 1976-77. Many surmise that coyotes migrated east over the frozen Mississippi River but to the best of my understanding coyotes can swim so why weren't they here before? Still others surmise that they were transported here by Fish and Wildlife as a natural predator of deer.

Whew and what about that winter of 1976-77? In another winter like that, the present day winter attire of baggy shorts and hoodies would be supplemented by long underwear, wool socks, and goose-down coveralls. -BILLY JOE FUDGE

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Kentucky Color: Coyote near Kentucky 704

2011-11-20 - Tabor Community, Adair Co., KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Billy Joe Fudge says there are more of them now, at least according to his observation.

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