A club member, a retired colonel, shot a "coyote" and sent a sample to be DNA tested in Washington. It turned out to be a hybrid – a triple cross – between the coyote, the red wolf, and the domestic dog! This accounted for its size and different temperament. The coyote tends to be a loner; the wolf and dog are pack hunters!
Many areas are infested with these animals. When stressed by drought and food shortages, they can become aggressive toward livestock, pets and humans.
In addition to hybrid coyotes, mountain lions have recently expanded their range eastward. "…with increasing and unnerving regularity, the ambush predator – which will kill and eat house pets, livestock and humans but much prefers deer – is back on the prowl, in Iowa and across the Midwest. It is turning up on farms, in suburbs and even in occasional appearances downtown. In the past 12 months, 19 have been shot, killed with arrows, hit by trains, run over by cars, captured, photographed or detected through DNA evidence of their Midwestern travels, according to the Cougar Network, a group that monitors eastward movement of the cats" (Washington Post, 12/17/2004).
And now even in New Jersey, "Dangerous, wild mountain lions have been reported roaming the streets where children play and wait for school buses in the suburbs of the Garden State – the most densely populated state in the country" (ABC News, 12/05/06).
In parts of the South, giant nests of stinging wasps – yellow jackets – have mysteriously been turning up. Entomologist Dr. Charles Ray at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Auburn said he's aware of about 16 of what he described as "super-sized" nests in South Alabama. Ray said he's seen 10 of them and cautioned people about going near them because of the yellow jacket's painful sting. The largest nest Ray has inspected this year filled the interior of a weathered 1955 Chevrolet parked in a rural Elmore County barn. That nest was about the size of a tire in the rear floor seven weeks ago, but quickly spread to fill the entire vehicle, the property owner, Harry Coker, said. Four satellite nests around it have gotten into the eaves of the barn, about 300 yards from his home."
"I'm kind of afraid for the grandkids. I had to sneak down there at dark and get my tractor out of the barn," Coker said. "It's been a disruption."
"In previous years, a yellow jacket nest was no larger than a basketball, Ray said. It would contain about 3,000 workers and one queen. These gigantic nests may have as many as 100,000 workers and multiple queens" (The Decatur Daily, 07/17/06).
In the Bible is a 3500 year old prophecy of things which would occur to the most powerful nation which would ever exist, without doubt the United States of America, leading to its ultimate collapse. In part of the prophecy God says: "Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate" (Leviticus 26:21-22).
For the first time in over a century, the threat from ravenous wild beasts is again a credible possibility. Wild beasts are becoming numerous enough to eat our children! How did a mere mortal man know 3500 years ago that these things would be happening in our time?