A Parade of Carnivores

Acrylic on Wood, 12x12 inches (14x14 inches framed)

Coyotes in cities may be the start of a Parade of Urban Carnivores. 

"In the future," says Stan Gehrt, a professor of wildlife ecology at Ohio State University, "it's cities where we're going to have this intersection between people and carnivores."

With plentiful resources, such as water and food waste, cities offer a comfortable life, free of predators, for urban carnivores.  Coyotes have set the stage for larger animals, such as bears and cougars, to move in to human territory.

The teddy bear was the Trojan Horse in human culture, which taught people that animals were not to be feared.  People loved them, anthropomorphized them in books and movies, and even took Teddy to bed with them.  Years of living in the city distanced people from a connection with nature, and made them forget that they were once considered prey by large animals in the outdoor world.

Public opinion towards hunting and trapping is seen as cruelty to Teddy, and city dwellers have stopped eating and preying on wild animals.  Skunks, raccoons, weasels, and foxes have found the city quite a friendly and welcoming place for them to make their new homes.

Are they in our territory? Are we in theirs? People have laid down their arms, and hope to live in harmony with Teddy.

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