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Coyotes are needed too!

Although we primarily advocate for wolves, we are vigilant of coyote conservation as well.

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Coyote Intoduction

 

Coyoties, just like wolves have unfortunately earned a bad reputation. But coyoties are just as important to a healthy environment as wolves are. Although these canids are significantly smaller than wolves, they have a job--keeping the rabbit and rodent population under control. Rodents are overpopulated and reproduction is rapid.

The coyote (Canis latrans) is a canine ranging almost all over North America; most commonly found in Texas. Coyotes weigh 20-40 lbs. They are typically brown or buff colored. These canines are also called the brush wolf or prairie wolf; although, the coyote is not a wolf. The coyote's diet primarily consists of white-tailed deer, rabbits, and even wild berries.

Coyotes and Wolves. What's the Difference?

Wolves and coyotes are both canines and belong to the family Canidae. They are, however, different species of canids. The scientific name for the coyote is Canis latrans and the wolf's scientific name is Canis lupus. Another difference between these two canids is that the wolf is the ancestor of all domestic canids and the coyote is not. 

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Why are they so Hated and How can we Prevent Conflict?

Coyotes have long since aquired a bad rap. But why? We tend to view coyotes as pests that must be destroyed. But this couldn't be further from the truth. Like wolves, coyotes play an ecological role in the ecosystem. Ticks, for example, carry chronic illnesses such as Lyme Disease which, in some cases, can be fatal. The majority of coyote predation is targeted towards frequent carriers of the illnesses. Coyotes help reduce those numbers. Moreover, coyotes are so widely persecuted due to attacks on domestic animals and livestock. Unlike wolves, coyotes frequently prey on livestock, which is a leading factor to their persecution. If you're concerned for your pet's safety, it's recommended that you keep your animal indoors (attacks on pets almost always happen outside). You can use the following to prevent conflict with livestock:

  • Spicy or bitter deterrents such as cayenne pepper, vinegar, etc.

  • Motion censor lights (coyotes are extremely timid)

  • Noisemakers

  • Sprinklers

  • Remove any food items you may have outside as this can be alluring to coyotes

  • Electric fencing

The Brutality of Coyote Slaughter

Our goal is to stand up for underdogs like coyotes and stop the persecution of wolves. Coyotes face challenges in the wild just as wolves do. Like wolves, coyotes fall victim to trapping, snaring, and brutal killing sprees. More than 500,000 coyotes are slaughtered each year with little to no federal protection. We take advantage of their rapidly-increasing population, and take to killing thousands of them. Before it was banned , coyotes were just one of the targets for wildlife killing contests--which is exactly that--a contest in which whoever kills the most wildlife (or a species individual) wins the contest. Luckly, this futile 'sport' was banned in several states including New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Washington, and Maryland. However, it is still prevelant in the rest of the U.S. Killing coyotes does NOT reduce their numbers. Attempting to kill a coyote (or wolf) can lead to non-target species becoming caught in snares and leg-hold traps.  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported in 2012 that nearly 35 dogs were killed in traps.  It's an agonizing, and inhumane death for both target and non-target species. 

 

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How Can I Help?

You can help by telling others about coyotes and the unseen brutality that they endure. You can also oppose traps, snares, etc. There are organizations that are anti-trapping and are working to eliminate trapping once and for all. We urge to go support their work and spread the word either through our page or theirs and we can provide justice for the underdog.

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