Coyote killed on Butler Street

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Boazo
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up near the 62nd street bridge, pretty sure but I only got a quick glance,saw around 6:20 this morning


Erica
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like, an actual coyote?


Boazo
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yeah a real coyote ! I was ridng pretty fast inbound and it was still dark, but noticed it in the outbound lane. I was going to turn around to check it out but ended up I just kept riding in. It was in pretty good shape, beautiful tail, it must’ve have just been hit. I’ve seen them out west and it seems the body shape sticks in your head once you’ve seen them. So I’m pretty sure that’s what it was.


BradQ
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There are definitely coyotes around here, though I’ve never heard of one in city limits. I grew up about 10 miles north of town by North Park and remember a few stores of dead ones being found, or them being seen in people’s backyards.


ejwme
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there ARE coyotes here, the burbs have them and there’s no reason why the city wouldn’t also. They’re better at living with humans than wolves. Lots of cats, squirrels, rats, other prey for them, and lots of roadkill if they’re lazy and fast.

That’s a shame. I’ve been seeing a lot of juvenile raccoons lately, it’s that time of year.


dwillen
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I’ve been leaving work pretty late recently, 8-9pm, and I bike through the park on Overlook Drive. I have been scaring the crap (I guess it is mutual scaring) out of some large creature in the woods on a daily basis. I’ll be biking along and all of a sudden it sounds like someone is rolling a Volkswagen down the hill. Branches cracking and crashing like crazy. I imagine it is deer, since I’ve seen plenty of deer on the road there, but I bet there are other large mammals too, besides the operation hotrod fellas.


Morningsider
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The morning of the REI garage sale, I was heading in around 4:30 and I saw an animal in Heth’s Run in my neighborhood. At first I thought it was a bobcat, but when it ran away it sounded too heavy and didn’t quite run like a cat. There are so many rabbits in my neighborhood, I wasn’t surprised to see a bigger predator, but I never imagined a coyote. I had them in my backyard in Atlanta, but they rarely ran from me the way this one did (which, at the time, made me suspect rabies).


spakbros
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I saw a coyote om the Belleview / Westview overpass late one night.

I would think that you’d be hard pressed to hear one crashing away though, they are really stealthy when they run. Anyone ever seen any evidence of porcupine in the city limits? North Park is the closest i have


Erica
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I’ve seen two fox(es?) on my nighttime commute to work before, but I sort of though coyote were a desert animal…


caitlin
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!!!

for those who like coyotes:

http://www.dailycoyote.net/


brian j
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Orion Magazine recently had an essay about coyotes in NYC.

Other incidents in the local news.

Listening to packs of them roll through the Texas desert at night when we were there was kinda freaky.


ejwme
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when I camped in the desert at night we could hear them howling… but they weren’t anywhere as scary as the herd of cattle that came to breathe hello outside our tents in the middle of the night. Stomping and snorting and pooping and prone to stampede upon startling.


Morningsider
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“I would think that you’d be hard pressed to hear one crashing away though”

I’m from West Virginia. I can hear everything at 4:30 in the morning (only slight sarcasm).


ejwme
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I made porcupine meat balls the other day – but I used ground beef.


Swalfoort
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Definitely have heard coyotes in the hills above Camp Horne Road in recent years. Never used to, say the neighbors……

It’s not the City, but only by virtue of Pennsylvania’s crazy municipal structure. It looks and feels urban, with no “undeveloped” gaps between downtown and this area.


dwillen
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“I would think that you’d be hard pressed to hear one crashing away though”

That part of the park is pretty quiet at 9 pm…and I just cleaned my chain, so I’m pretty quiet too. I can hear little rodents scampering away :) I do believe the BIG crashing sounds are probably the deer, or the hotrod dudes..


Pseudacris
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Any skunk sightings in the city? They smell bad when distressed, but I think they are beautiful. I admit I miss seeing them frolic in the trash cans out west.


StuInMcCandless
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McCandless isn’t city, but there are both skunk and coyote sightings within a mile of my house, the skunk only a couple of weeks ago. One of these days, be it on foot or bike, it’ll be my turn.

Just a couple days ago, I tweeted this: “Anyone who thinks mankind has dominion over the animals has clearly never run into a skunk.”


Pseudacris
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Funny!


spakbros
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A buddy of mine just got a pet skunk


Noah Mustion
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but I bet there are other large mammals too, besides the operation hotrod fellas.

Probably a bear.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Tuesday morning was our town’s recycling pick-up. On my way down my street I passed a neighbor on the sidewalk trying to manage a young (I’m guessing – it was smallish) raccoon that had it’s head stuck entirely in a soup can.

We have our share of raccoons, so that was not noteworthy, but seeing one with it’s head stuck in a can was pretty entertaining.


Erica
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I know they’re not uncommon, but I feel like I haven’t seen a groundhog in 10 years.


dwillen
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Camp out next to my garden. I bet if you leave one of my tomatoes in your sleeping bag, you’ll get a one to snuggle up with you.


ejwme
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At the Energy Center in Monroeville (behind Forbes Hospital), there are signs on the trashcans in the parkinglot asking people not to put food waste in the cans. Leaving work after dark, every single can has several pairs of eyes peering out of it, and the occasional squabble rocks them as the ‘coons argue over a choice morsel.

My cat escaped while he was on valium (long story) and managed to pick a fight with a groundhog. Took him to the emergency vet, who shaved him & painted him with blue antiseptic, added pain pills and antibiotics to the drug cocktail. The next morning he was up early, howling (Siamese) at the door, wobbling from drugs, naked and still blue, with a collar, wanting to go for round two with the ground hog that was mocking him in the lawn. I opened the door to see what he would do, he tipped drunkenly over and fell on the threshold and just layed there on his side, howling and growling at the ground hog, who brazenly nibbled clover while eyeing the mess.

Most. Hilarious. Thing. Ever. (He made a full recovery and since sobering up has relocated his dignity and ignores groundhogs, pretending they aren’t there)


Noah Mustion
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I saw a groundhog just today along the northside trail by Herr’s. Cute.


Jason
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I live near the top of Nadine Road in Penn hills and I see deer, turkey, and other wild life just about every morning in my yard. There is a groundhog den pretty close by but when I got my dog about a year ago they moved somewhere else. I smelled skunk stink one night last year, I think there was one seeking around my house. I have never smelled it since or spotted him.

I would love to see a Coyote! Or even a Fox.

About a mile east from here, a friend saw a black bear in his back yard every day for a few days.


JCME
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A coyote mauled a racoon in my driveway last spring. But that was when I lived on Farm to Market … not Hatfield.


StuInMcCandless
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Every once in a while I’ll see a dead deer along I-279 somewhere between Venture St and the Vets Bridge. I’ve seen deer on the hill above McDonalds in West View; that’s only 2 miles or so from the city limits.

Along Perrymont, which is only a half mile north of the Ross-McC border, I’ve seen skunk, red fox, raccoons, opossum, plenty of deer, and every rodent smaller than a beaver. If we want to include birds and amphibians, the list would be very long. Having a 3/4-mile hike twice a day does have its finer moments.


edmonds59
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Wow, ejwme, what’s your cats name, Robert Downey, Jr.?


Erica
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I’ve sen a total of about 12 deer on the first part of my morning commute – from Arlington ave to e carson via josephine st – within the past year.


Morningsider
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When I lived in Highland Park I walked my dogs every morning (usually around 5:00 am) on the road that goes around the reservoir. We would see at least eight deer every morning. They ran in a pack like wolves. My “hyper” Jack Russell Terriers would actually be pretty lethargic right up to that point. Then it was on.


brian j
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Two years ago, several deer rolled up Jancey Street. I haven’t seen any recently, but, we live a few blocks from any wooded areas.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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I’ve seen deer on Washington Boulevard. IN the city.


JZ
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I was surprised one day when there were a bunch of turkeys at College & Howe in Shadyside. I know there’s a lot of turkeys in the parks, and I used to see them semi-regularly on Joncaire in Oakland, but never before in Shadyside.

Among one of my cat’s improbable captures: a tree frog. I didn’t even know they lived around here.


Pseudacris
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Tree frogs are everywhere! Perhaps a Pseudacris crucifer?


ejwme
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edmonds – his name is Nittany (I got him from an alum, I didn’t change it). He was 13 at the time (he’s 16 now, not slowing down), I’m pretty sure he’s mostly immortal.

My grandparents, when they lived in Allison Park across from Hartwood, had a flock of turkeys that regularly made the rounds. There was also a stray chicken that would hang out all summer while she was gardening, then follow the turkeys around all winter. One winter it got too cold, she just sat outside their patio door looking in at them while they watched tv, grandma couldn’t take it so grampa made her a little house to block the wind while she stood there. She was much happier. She lived for years, until she wandered off one day (my inner child believes that she is still alive and happy with the turkeys, though that was 15 years ago).

Now they live in a new housing development and don’t even have chipmunks.


Boazo
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I saw an albino deer! last friday just as I was rolling into work, it was just outside of Boyce-Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair. I can change my route so I ride thru the park trails for probably 3 miles or so and see if I see her again. I tried it once since then, but didn’t see anything.


Noah Mustion
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I saw an albino rabbit on the SS trail last week, which was pretty cool. But an albino deer quite trumps that. That would actually be terrifying at first, “what the fffffff is THAT?!?!”


Boazo
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yeah, my first instinct was that it was a big white dog, but then as it started running, it lifted up its tail like they do and took off, there was one other doe behind it. If I had my camera with me I would have went up in the direction it was headed up into that park which is all covered with trails.

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