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#1 UncaMikey

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 11:38 AM

Urban living in Fort Worth definitely has a Western twist. Last evening, from our balcony, we watched a coyote prowl around the open field just off the NE corner of the Main Street bridge over the Trinity.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 12:08 PM

QUOTE (UncaMikey @ Jun 13 2008, 12:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Urban living in Fort Worth definitely has a Western twist.

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Yup, sure does. I have chickens in my alley.

Wonder if the coyote found anything good out there?

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 01:49 PM

Yuppers. I've seen a sitting still BOBCAT near my neighborhood and I see possums walk about my porch like clockwork.
Lately I have seen some ARMADILLOS crossing the nearby streets too. There is one DILLA that crosses almost nightly where Forest Park meets up with that back alley creek seperating the last row of neighborhood homes and that free standing Insurance Underwiriting building next to RUFFINO'S. Cute lil scared things.
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 01:57 PM

And there's the almost tame raccoons in Trinity Park, and near the downtown entrance to the Trinity Trails there are herds of nutria who graze during broad daylight.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:08 PM

Nutria SCARE ME! I don't know wether to say AWWH CUTE! like they were BEAVERS or GO GROSS! like they were SLOW MOVING RATS. That is so weird that they go grazing in the broad daylight. I used to see them all the time at a golf course back in SA. Come right out of the water. Didn't know WHAT THA HECK they were, until my golfing partner said "NUTREEER!". I was like WHAAAAT? If I'm not mistaken I think he was Cajun, so he knew about those kinds of animals. laugh.gif I hear they eat em. sad.gif
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:39 PM

I cut through Foch to Crestline to University and see coyotes back in that corner of the park regularly. A really large one was trotting through the Ellingon Field parking lot in broad daylight during lunchtime last week! (on the way to Jazz Cafe..YUM! uh, me, not the coyote.)

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:44 PM

CONCRETIST agrees. biggrin.gif
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:47 PM

Not only do I hear that they eat nutria in cajun country, they are considered a delicacy. I hear that the meat is very lean and has the consistency of dark turkey meat.

Maybe the coyote will catch a few to help control their population.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:53 PM

I guess I know what we will be having at our next FW FORUM cookout near Trinity Park. rotflmao.gif
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 03:14 PM

Nutria fur is also used in hatmaking on occasion, though I never saw much point. I was always a "beaver for quality, rabbit for decent quality and affordability" kind of guy. Never went in much for the off-species fur.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 03:35 PM

Wow. The closest in I've ever seen a coyote was Benbrook. I swear I once say foxes at night in Overton Park.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 03:45 PM

There were a couple of coyotes making a home in the area around the Forest Park swimming pool a few years ago.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 01:52 AM

Our Handley home is on a couple of acres, contiguous with other large lots, and we use no herbicides or pesticide; you'd think we'd see a lot of wildlife. Well, we've seen:
foxes, coyotes (wow, listening to them yap and howl in a pack is great), roadrunners (no Acme evidence of coyote pursuit), possums (ugh, one came in the house) a bobcat, a copperhead, owls, buzzards, hawks, doves (we are fair and balanced with our hawks and doves), masses of geckos and skinks
But we've had precious few sightings of and would love to attract: bats, fireflies. Though we have a good trumpet vine going, we've never attracted hummingbirds. How to attract these magical creatures?
Strangely, we've never seen a 'dillo. Yet we've seen 'dillos in Overton Park.
And I guess few people ever see a horny toad. Hard to beleive that something so abundant in all backyards is now practically extinct.
Oh, we do see rats. We can't in good conscience have an outdoor cat; we've learned the hard way. But when we had an indoor/outdoor cat, he really cut down on the rats. Must we get a terrier? I love 'em but we've already got 2 dogs.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 11:25 AM

QUOTE (UncaMikey @ Jun 13 2008, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Urban living in Fort Worth definitely has a Western twist. Last evening, from our balcony, we watched a coyote prowl around the open field just off the NE corner of the Main Street bridge over the Trinity.
http://www.flickr.co...key/2576045008/


Apparently urban coyotes is not just a Western phenomenon. I remember reading or hearing a news item a couple of years ago about coyotes in Central Park... yeah, NYC! I would guess coyotes are a very adaptable, intelligent, and opportunistic species with no problem sharing their range with humans, indeed, they seem to flourish in the habitats we construct and live in. Dumpsters, Chihuahas and Yorkies, street/yard cats, and the adapted wildlife mentioned elsewhere in this thread probably provide an abundance of food for coyotes.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:27 AM

QUOTE (Prairie Pup @ Jul 19 2008, 12:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (UncaMikey @ Jun 13 2008, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Urban living in Fort Worth definitely has a Western twist. Last evening, from our balcony, we watched a coyote prowl around the open field just off the NE corner of the Main Street bridge over the Trinity.
http://www.flickr.co...key/2576045008/


Apparently urban coyotes is not just a Western phenomenon. I remember reading or hearing a news item a couple of years ago about coyotes in Central Park... yeah, NYC! I would guess coyotes are a very adaptable, intelligent, and opportunistic species with no problem sharing their range with humans, indeed, they seem to flourish in the habitats we construct and live in. Dumpsters, Chihuahas and Yorkies, street/yard cats, and the adapted wildlife mentioned elsewhere in this thread probably provide an abundance of food for coyotes.



In May, a school in my neighborhood sent home a letter warning parents that a mountain lion had been spotted in the area.
NOTE: this area is right off 183 and Duval/Austin, so a pretty populated area that just happens to ease into some wilderness type area.



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Posted 20 July 2008 - 09:32 PM

QUOTE (Prairie Pup @ Jul 19 2008, 12:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (UncaMikey @ Jun 13 2008, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Urban living in Fort Worth definitely has a Western twist. Last evening, from our balcony, we watched a coyote prowl around the open field just off the NE corner of the Main Street bridge over the Trinity.
http://www.flickr.co...key/2576045008/


Apparently urban coyotes is not just a Western phenomenon. I remember reading or hearing a news item a couple of years ago about coyotes in Central Park... yeah, NYC! I would guess coyotes are a very adaptable, intelligent, and opportunistic species with no problem sharing their range with humans, indeed, they seem to flourish in the habitats we construct and live in. Dumpsters, Chihuahas and Yorkies, street/yard cats, and the adapted wildlife mentioned elsewhere in this thread probably provide an abundance of food for coyotes.



Well they are undomesticated canines, correct?
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 08:45 AM

QUOTE (safly @ Jul 20 2008, 09:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well they are undomesticated canines, correct?


Yes. They coyotes will interbreed with domestic dogs and wolves. Here is a link to some facts about coyotes living around human development:

http://www.projectwi...ing-coyotes.htm

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:02 PM

This is an interesting topic. I've definitely seen a coyote in Trinity Park several times, and last night I saw one run across university towards the Botanic, dodging cars along the way.

In the past I've seen them along Spur 280 as well.

I imagine there aren't many left on Panther Island, since most of the trees there have been removed.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 05:02 PM

I've seen coyote on the Trinity Trails when riding my bike at night.  I've seen them in Trinity Park at dusk when I've been walking my dogs.  The Trinity River is akin to a linear game preserve that slices through the city.  I've seen coyote, fox, skunk, rabbit, possum, nutria, and also the water birds- egret, heron, etc.


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 05:39 PM

I see them every single night/early morning at North Yard and Saginaw Yard. They are typically crossing from the Sweetlix feed mill to the Musket ethanol tank farm when I see them at North Yard. At Saginaw I see them between the BNSF and UP main lines around Industrial working their way through the grass to the north and south of the Ardent flour mill. They are all over the place at Alliance Yard regardless of the time of day, but it is a lot less populated there than the parts of Fort Worth and Saginaw along north loop 820.

There is plenty of other wildlife around the railroads in Fort Worth, especially near the feed and flour mills and grain elevators. It's not uncommon to see large pigs between the stockyards and north Saginaw anywhere grain has spilled. In spite of their size, they can move pretty quickly when startled. The two miles of rail north of Alliance Yard is teeming with skunks. The smell is overwhelming at times. I've encountered beavers at the north and south ends of Alliance Yard at Henrietta and Elizabeth creeks and in the large storm detention/retention ponds near the warehouses along 820. Some are surprisingly large. Every once in a while I'll spy a bobcat at Alliance. I don't know if they are interested in chasing me or not, but regardless those are days I'm glad to be an engineer and not on the ground switching cars!




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