More recently, a coyote has been attacking cars on Highway 1 in Bolinas. “It’s pretty unusual behavior,” says Lisa Bloch, director of marketing and communications for the Marin Humane Society. Rabies is unlikely to be the problem with either animal. One local reporter suggested that the coyote consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms, but that is also unlikely. The problem for both the squirrel and the coyote is almost certainly that humans fed the animals—in the coyote’s case, probably from a car—and the feeding led to the animals’ aggression as they searched for more, Bloch tells Newscripts. Although the Humane Society discounts the coyote-eating-mushrooms theory, it nevertheless warns pet owners to keep dogs away from wild fungi that are flourishing in El Niño rains.
by Jyllian Kemsley |
February 15, 2016