Coyotes, Wild Carnivores and Killing Contests: an Interview with Camilla Fox of Project Coyote
Please go to www.projectcoyote.org and sign the petition to STOP these Horrific Killing Contests. On their website you can view the new documentary produced and directed by Filipe DeAndrade of National Geographic. (note: there are graphic scenes, but watch what you can, we should be knowledgeable of what is happening on our public lands!) These killing contests are taking place all over the US.
Historically the coyote features prominently in Native American mythology and folklore. In some stories, the coyote is a sacred being with creative powers. In other stories, the coyote is wiley, deceptive and a trickster- but almost always referred to as creative and intelligent.
Many people report observing more animals in places they had never expected. This is true for coyote sightings. Coyotes are highly adaptable to new environments. They are likely the first wild carnivore you will see.
The coyote’s adaption to new environments are good for the coyote in one way, but in another way, it brings them close to people, specifically, people’s pets and livestock. This has caused fear and anger for coyotes when they are living so close to us humans. This is why animals such as coyotes, wolves, bobcats, and bears, are not revered as sacred, intelligent or creative — they are sadly considered varmints in some states. A varmint is defined as a troublesome wild animal— a pest to be rid of.
In this episode, Camilla Fox of Project Coyote helps us understand why we should learn to coexist with our wild carnivore neighbors.
Listen to our interview below (just click PLAY button below):
Please look at the beautiful photographs below by wildlife photographers sharing their love wild carnivores and Project Coyote. For more information and valuable resources about Project Coyote please visit: www.projectcoyote.org.