My uncle's cousin's brother in law's sister's husband's grandfather told me the same thing. Go figure.
Actually, the most popular version is: The first few coyotes that were shot in NJ had collars on them indicating that they were from Texas!
The hunters supposedly tracked the collars to a man in Texas who was selling them to NJ Fish and Wildlife to control deer.
Sorry I got to run, the Tooth Fairy is coming to my house tonight.
i've seen a few coyotes at night in the pines south of chatsworth. we drove right up next to one and it just trotted on down the road for about 100 yards next to us before turning off into the woods. after that, we saw one while hiking. our headlamps reflected in its eyes and we caught a good glimpse of it run ahead of us down the trail.
so i totally believe that rumor.
Fishers! I had heard that these things are being spotted in the state, but I had no idea they are all the way down in Salem County. Do the state wildlife biologists know about this?
Not sure who knows about them being there, but i watched 2 of them rough housing with one another for about 10 mins last week, seen a few others here and there. Salem county has some amazing animals, the week before i saw 2 bald eagles eating what appeared to be a Canada goose.
In all due respect I don't think what you seeing are fishers. They require massive habitat and are a big animal. However there are loads of otters down in salem and play in the way you desribed. A fisher is a big animal and full of piss and vinegar.....and like I said require large habitat not found in south jersey. I've seen them in central pa were they are rumored to be introduced to control the porcupine population.
As for the yotes......releasing 30 isn't going to do a whole lot.....they are all over the place anyway....I saw one on my spy cam in lawnside, nj....not exactly the wilderness.....those things are certainly growing at quick rate. Also I doubt the state would release yotes being that they will effect other populations such as pine snakes(protected), endangered bird species, etc.
Jeff, as for salem area def. worth a trip....it has a abundant amount of eagles, and other birds of prey. There is also a neat little track in salem county that looks very similar to the pine barrens....there is one spot in the burden hill preserve where you would swear you were in the pine barrens of ocean or burlington county.
Aaron....otters are big too. Fishers are solitary and prefer different habitat than salem county.....they prefer more habitat that looks like the poconos or app. trail. The bobcats are certainly there though, right around Port Norris. I've seen one and have encountered tracks often.
Can you tell us about your family? Quite a history in those stones. I have visited the cemeteries where they are located, and especially like the Hillside Cemetery.
Any ownership in your family of the property at Maxwell?