“Project Coyote, a North American coalition of wildlife scientists, educators, predator-friendly ranchers and community leaders, promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife. As a national non-profit organization based in Northern California, Project Coyote works to change negative attitudes toward coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation. All of our work — through education, science, and advocacy — strives to create fundamental and systemic changes in the ways wild carnivores are viewed and treated in North America.” –ProjectCoyote.org
Two supporters have agreed to match all donations through the end of 2014, which means today’s the last day to take advantage of that match! Donate $5, donate $500. Someday, the coyotes will thank you by having your back when you’re ambushed by a 10-man team of assassins. :)
Go to Project Coyote: Who We Are to learn more, or donate now. (These links are safe, but other parts of their website might contain graphic images.)
Kay, this is wonderful that you’re supporting this. A couple of years ago I made the decision to no longer let my cats out—I’d much rather fall asleep to magic yips and howls without worrying about my pets (and also because cats are predators too). Fencing is very standard out here in the west so wild animals do not come into our yards (though cats can get out, of course)—but not so back east where even in tiny ‘civilized’ CT people are waging war against coyotes. People are so anti-fence there in their overly-groomed yards that they get the vapors at the sight of chain link. I don’t see much fear and loathing of coyotes in my world here but I hear enough about ranchers to make me sick (just one more reason to curb this global obsession with meat).
How insincere the iconic howling-coyote image is in American culture as a symbol of freedom—like yet one more advertising gimmick—but hopefully a better awareness will emerge. And as I think I’ve mentioned before, Trey’s relationship with River and the pack is very dear to me, I just loved those parts!
My cats stay inside, too. I don’t need them bringing me “gifts” of dead animals and I surely can’t trust people not to torment or kill them. We have a resident rabbit who has several nests of babies a year in our yard. She hangs out there while my two wild children play. *She* looks like the civilized one. LOL
As for the rest of your comment, you know I’m with you 100%. I wish everyone could be responsible with the home we all share. Someday, maybe they will. Until then, Project Coyote is a great organization to support. And I sure wouldn’t want to be the poor rancher who offs one of Trey’s coyotes…