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There are modern stories about the cunning of coyotes. Despite bounties, trapping, poison and other "predator controls," the coyote's range has been steadily increasing. As wolves were killed off in this country, coyotes moved into their niche. As forests were converted into croplands and suburban communities, coyotes took advantage of the newly opened spaces. As dense forests were clearcut, and logging roads created links between them, coyotes learned to travel them.
And, there's at least one cunning coyote who hangs out in a park not far from the freeway and the mall.