Part 1 is here.
Meanwhile, suburban coyotes are gobbling if not Labradoodles, Labrador retrievers. The news up there is full of coyote incidents:
"Broomfield Man Reports Coyote Bite."
"Greenwood Village Makes First Coyote Kill."
"Division of Wildlife Searching for Coyotes" that threatened a resident of suburban Broomfield.
"More Pet Deaths Linked to Coyotes."
"Animal-Rights Groups Oppose Greenwood Coyote Policy."
Denver residents are urged to "haze" coyotes. Sure, flip 'em the finger. Every coyote will know just what you mean.
No, coyotes are smarter than that. They seem to sense that an area with (a) no one shooting at them and (b) plentiful food opportunities is a good deal.
On the other hand, biologists tell me, if you shoot them, others--perhaps warier--move in, Nature abhorring a vacuum and all that.
Maybe coyotes who are not wary become more aggressive, testing their potential prey.
A note from our more rural setting: M. and I walk our two large dogs every night around 10 p.m. Sometimes we hear coyotes howling. Out on their walks, the dogs act as though nothing happened. "Coyotes? What coyotes?"
But once they are up on the gated porch, they bark and bay back at them.
UPDATE: In England, foxes are becoming desensitized to people and showing up in towns--and in St. Paul's Cathedral. Same issue?