Coyote sightings more common this time of year
Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission say October and November are prime times to see coyotes in this area.
Fall is the time of year when young coyotes – those born in early spring – are leaving their parents’ territory to find mates and establish their own range. They often travel with their siblings during this time and can cover long distances, as much as 300 miles or more, before settling down into their own areas.
During these wanderings, their characteristic yipping, howling and barking can sometimes be heard as they keep track of each other, as well as other coyotes whose territories they are passing through. Because of the hollow tone of the howl, two coyotes can sound like a large group and may seem closer than they actually are. Although coyotes’ vocalizing may be unnerving to some people, biologists say they actually have little to fear.
“Coyotes rarely attack humans,” said Falyn Owens, a NCWRC extension biologist. “Coyotes are curious, but wary whenever they are near humans; however, they can become bold and habituated to humans if people feed them, either purposely or unintentionally.”
To avoid problems with coyotes, Owens recommends that homeowners:
- secure garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and take trash out the morning
- keep bird seed off the ground and bird feeding areas clean.
- remove fallen fruit from around trees.
- feed pets indoors or remove food when a pet is finished eating outside.
- do not allow cats or small, unleashed dogs to run free outside where they may be viewed as prey by coyotes.
- run coyotes off that come within the homeowner’s comfort zone by making loud noises, spraying them with water or doing other things to make the animals maintain their natural fear of humans.
Hunter Education courses
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required of all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered Monday, Nov. 4 at River Park North in Greenville from 6:30 - 9 p.m. (plus 2 additional days), and on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Lenoir Community College in Snow Hill from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. (plus 1 additional day).
There is no charge for any of the sessions but preregistration is required. For more information or to sign up, go to the Wildlife Commission’s web site (www.ncwildlife.org) and click on the scrolling “Hunter Education” banner at the bottom of the home page.
Carteret County DU
The Carteret County chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host their annual Dinner Banquet on November 7, 2019 at the Crystal Coast Convention Center in Morehead City beginning at 6 p.m. The banquet site is located at 3505 Arendell Street.
Tickets, which include a year’s membership in DU as well as a catered meal, silent and live auctions, raffles and much more are $45 for adults and $25 for youth age 17 and under. For information or tickets, contact Neal Rowland at 252-241-9680 or Mark Shouse at 252-240-9221.
Dove (incl. Mourning and White-winged): Nov. 16-30 & Dec. 9 – Jan. 31
Rails (incl. King, Clapper, Virginia; Sora): through Nov. 27
Gallinule; Moorhen: through Nov. 27
Ducks, Coot; Mergansers: Nov. 16 – Dec. 1; Dec. 14 – Jan. 31
Deer (Northeastern; Southeastern management areas): through Jan. 1. Check
the NCWRC’s “Hunting and Fishing Regulations Digest” for dates in other areas.
Bear (Coastal Management Unit): Nov. 9-17 and Dec. 14-29 in Zone 3 that includes Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Martin and Washington counties. The open season is Nov. 11 – Jan. 1 in Pamlico, Onslow, Carteret and other counties in Zone 5. Check the NCWRC’s Regulations Digest (p. 61) for open bear seasons statewide. Raccoon, Opossum, Rabbit, Grouse, Bobcat, Gray Squirrel: through Feb. 29
Fox Squirrel (statewide): through Jan. 31
Nutria, Coyote; Feral Swine: no closed season
Commercial Hunting Preserves: through March 31