This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 11, 2011 - Mike Arduser is used to hearing coyotes at home. "They're in my backyard in Webster. Deer Creek runs through there, and that part of Deer Creek is wild," says Arduser, an urban wildlife biologist and educator for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
January-March was mating season, and the coyotes were more vocal and visible.
"They're pairing up. You hear a lot more music (howling) in the winter months," he said, before pups are born, usually in April.