Suburban Howls Tracking the Eastern Coyote in Urban

This book is about the experiences and findings of a biologist studying coyote ecology and behavior in urbanized eastern Massachusetts Jon Way is acting out a childhood dream to study wild animals However instead of going to far off places such as Africa or the remote stretches of the Rocky Mountains he began his professional career in high school and college by tracking eastern coyotes in his own hometown on Cape Cod We hear so much about this unique animal and the conflicts it can create but relatively little is known about the coyotes in the east The lack of other studies taking place on coyotes in urbanized areas in eastern North America provided Way with the perfect graduate project and an unending source of information and entertainment The coyote is a remarkable animal being one of the only carnivores to actually increase its range and distribution in the past one hundred years Coyotes have taken over as top predator in all environments in New England from wilderness parks to city greenbelts Along its migration to the northeast it has become larger likely the product of hybridization between western coyotes and eastern wolves and with that we see speculation and theories about what the animal is how it got here and why it is here This book celebrates having these animals living among us and makes a passionate plea for their protection After all with the eradication of most of their competition in New England mainly wolves a niche for a relatively large carnivore was left vacant for over one hundred years Coyotes naturally colonized these areas on their own four feet and deserve the respect that any native carnivore should be granted With theirtremendous range expansion in a relatively short amount of time coyotes proved that it is unnatural not to have a predator in most ecosystems In Suburban Howls Way takes us with him as he navigates dirt roads and wooded paths travels through cemeteries around cranberry bogs in and out of residential areas down power lines and even into the city to see where coyotes travel and rest and how they survive raise pups prosper as a family and ultimately die many before their time A fascinating account details the author raising a wild born litter of coyotes capturing his first coyote in a box trap tracking a coyote into downtown Boston documenting an increase in local coyote numbers following the death of resident territorial coyotes and seeing first hand how coyotes mourn when separated from their family The reader will discover that it is perfectly appropriate to have wildlife in developed areas and that people not wild animals are the ones that typically have a hard time adjusting to their new neighbors With a territorial species like a coyote any land that does not have other coyotes might as well have a For Rent sign out This book is written for the layman in a humorous easy reading style It highlights the dedication and emotional involvement of working with this needlessly controversial animal and will offer simple precautions to enable Homo sapiens to coexist with these wild canines that Native Americans called the Trickster The data Way has gathered over the past ten years will enlighten and educate you with an insight into the behavior and habits of these remarkable wild dogs


10 thoughts on “Suburban Howls Tracking the Eastern Coyote in Urban Massachusetts

  1. says:

    This is a great book to learn about coyotes and our interaction with them We just started seeing coyotes at our Cape Cod house in 2019 I was very happy to find this book written by an expert who has studied coyotes on Cape Cod Coyotes are often misunderstood as being dangerous to humans Jonathan explains everything you need to know about coyotes including why they should be treated humanely than they often are His retelling of how he raised and lived with 5 coyote pups was especially endearing I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the wildlife we live with


  2. says:

    Fascinating Read This book allowed me to understand how the Eastern coyote benefits its environment I was an environmentalist but this book expanded my view and gave me the understandong and vocabulary to counter the hunting lobbyists in my neighborhood and in MassachusettsIt occasionally reads like a dissertation modified for the lay person so take small frequent bites


  3. says:

    I only know of one other book on Eastern Coyote or Coywolf so it was interesting to learn about him I gave it four stars instead of five because there was a lot of the heartbreak you have to deal with whenever Coyote or Wolf is involved from all the torturous and senseless murders committed against untold numbers of them by heartless hicks and that's hard to read about even when you know it's coming I would liked to have had info on how he's different from pure Western Coyote and also it was mentioned that there was genetic sampling done but the results weren't given and I thought that would have been interesting to see how much Wolf DNA was in the mix and the varying degrees of it among individuals and populations


  4. says:

    Hundreds of thousands of these amazing animals are slaughtered in the USA every year Many are simply shot poisoned or trapped in an inhumane manner and just left to suffer and die Human beings you can't live with them and they won't go away


  5. says:

    Very interesting to know how they are within our everyday lives


  6. says:

    Enjoyable book if you are into biology and ecology of dogs wolfs coyotes etc Lots of revealing info on habitat reproduction and laws regarding trapping killing