Invasion of NYC by COYOTES!

Due to a declining number of hunters, coyotes won’t just be problems for farmers in New York anymore. While coyote sightings have become more and more common in Manhattan, authorities suggest that this trend will increase exponentially by autumn of this year. Why in Fall? Because coyote pups are born around this season in the wooded areas of New York and will be big enough to travel into the city after summer passes.

And why now? Is it due to all the earthquakes, tornadoes, and tsunamis that have been pounding human civilization recently? Well to think that is just absurd. The reason for this besides the decreased numbers of humans shooting the coyotes with powerful rifles is the growth of New York farmlands being converted back to their natural wooded areas.

“I think you’re going to see more in the city because there are a lot of coyotes around the city who can make their way in and get lost,” said Ward Stone, of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, “It’s got to be pretty bewildering for a coyote to get lost in the city.”

If you find your self in a situation that faces you off with a coyote, or worse yet, coyotes, here are some tips that Joshua Piven, co-author of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, which by the way is highly entertaining and full of useful knowledge at the same time:

* Since climbing a tree can help you in the wild, try to scramble up a fire escape.

* Use a garbage-can lid as a shield.

* If the coyote comes at you, open up your coat wide to look bigger.

* Don’t try to run; the coyote is faster.

* If you’re sure it’s going to attack, wave a stick at it or throw a rock to scare it away.

* If you’re with a child, put him or her on your shoulders out of the coyote’s reach.

* If all else fails, point to a rat and run.

Remember, coyotes are lower on the totem pole of carnivores, as they often scavenge or hunt smaller game, so I wouldn’t worry too much unless you are a child, have a child, are a dog, or have a dog. If such is the case, then I would recommend carrying some type of weaponry to fend off the low end predators.

Perhaps something like this SOG Fusuion Tactical Tomahawk:

Or just the traditional machete:

But I would probably forgo the shotgun due to the legality issues within the state of New York.

Full story @ the New York Post

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