It’s a pretty well accepted fact that the coyote was artificially introduced here on the Delmarva.


It’s a pretty well accepted fact that the coyote was artificially introduced here on the Delmarva. The prospects of what this single invasive species can do to destroy decades of wildlife conservation here should be alarming to all of us. Almost shockingly, there has been some discussion of making this noxious pest a “game animal,” and I would hope that clearer minds prevail. This is an animal that’s history proves to be a blight and to offer it any “protection” by law is simply ludicrous.
The coyote reintroduction here will prove to be akin to the illegal actions by animal rights groups to get wolves back into the eco-systems of the far West. Already deer, elk, sheep, and pronghorn herd that were saved by conservationists are being threatened simply because these illegal wolves are listed as “endangered species.” Well, if you think that doesn’t effect you personally, get ready to meet the real world of the animal rights wackos.
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed notice of intent to sue the US Fish & Wildlife Service if the Service does not create a new “nationwide” wolf recovery plan. This plan must lay out steps to restore the wolf to its “historic range” in the US from coast to coast.
I suppose it only makes sense to someone. If the only natural predator of the coyote is the gray wolf, then I guess Delmarva needs packs of wolves to clean up after the coyotes. I can think of nothing more appropriate than a wolf pack in New York’s Central Park or in Camp David, Md. Perhaps then some of these politicians can wake up to the idiocy of the animal rights groups.
Though I haven’t heard many of the success stories of turkey season, I did hear that over 60 birds had been taken by mid season here in Kent County. Those are exceptional numbers and a prime indicator of what the restoration of the wild turkey has accomplished since those first “seed” birds were put into Milford Neck. Most of the hunters I’ve spoken to, however, claim that the birds have been especially quiet this year and all the calls and artificial vocalizations have gone unanswered. It may be the late spring weather or a combination of factors.  (A better chance was that all those who “practice called” before the season taught the mature gobblers that at the end of the call was a human instead of a receptive hen.)
Just a note.  The Flight Line Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding their 7th Annual Skeet Shoot at the Dover AFB Skeet Range on Sunday May 22.  It starts at 9 a.m. and entry is $35 ($25 with military ID) and you can pay $5 to bring a guest non-shooter. The fee includes 50 targets, lunch, beverages, shoot prizes and a DU membership.
For more info, call Jim Thompson at (302) 222-7552 or Tony Senn (302) 422-5068.