Happy New Year, 2016!!




Mange Arrested: Amazing Results At AWARE

The first photo of this coyote, taken when he arrived at AWARE in November, is difficult to look at, but just look how good this pup looks today! Treated for a life-threatening case of mange, he is now preparing for a spring release. It’s nice to know that there are people out there who will trap a coyote to get help for it rather than to harm it!

Please think about donating to the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort: http://www.awarewildlife.org/

[reposted with permission from Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort]

Please Sign Petition To Stop the Coyote Killing Contest in Grayson County, VA

Please read and sign (and let your friends know about) our new petition at coyotecoexistence.com to stop the coyote killing contest in Grayson County, Virginia: “We’re dealing with a county of farmers that believe the coyotes are ripping their horses and livestock limb from limb in vicious packs — and also I’m being told that, quote “people ’round here need the money’ from the contest.”

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Here is the awful announcement:

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News: Coyote contest opens Wednesday
Posted:  10/14/2014 12:17 PM

renderINDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is announcing an official contest exclusively for Grayson County citizens as an added incentive to hunt and kill nuisance coyotes.  The contest will begin this Wednesday, Oct. 15 and continue through May 15, 2015. According to a county news release, the winner will be judged by only one measure — how many dead coyotes he or she turns into the county.

The only prerequisites to participate in the contest are that you must be a citizen of Grayson County, be in good standing with the county and kill at minimum seven coyotes within the contest period. Citizens will not need to register to participate, they simply need to turn in their coyotes to the county per the Coyote Bounty Ordinance and be the hunter to claim the most coyotes within the contest period and win the honor of Top Coyote Hunter and a $500 cash prize. In  the case of a tie, the prize money will be divided equally.

The prize money will be in addition to the $40 bounty per coyote the county has been paying since county supervisors enacted the coyote bounty program in March. According to language in the ordinance creating the program, coyotes threaten the county’s livestock and agricultural interests and reduce the number of deer available to hunters.

“This is a fun and creative way to engage more of our hunters in helping to remove this nuisance animal from the county landscape,” Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum, the supervisor representing Grayson’s Wilson District, said. “Whoever kills the most coyotes in this seven month span will be deemed the Top Coyote Hunter in the county and will take home an extra $500 for their service.”

Help ‘Empty Cages LA’ fight against further coyote killings at Seal Beach

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Please let’s help “Empty Cages LA” fight against killing any more coyotes in Seal Beach!! Anyone who can, please attend the Seal Beach City Council Meeting TODAY, October 13, COLUMBUS DAY, at 6:30pm.
Location: City Hall, 211 8th Street, Seal Beach, CA

If given the opportunity to speak, here are some talking points for those who can attend:

  • killing coyotes is short-sighted as attested to by studies showing that if you kill coyotes, they will more than make up for it in population growth
  • vacancies left by killed coyotes are quickly filled by interlopers and transient coyotes who quickly set up house
  • more new coyotes without the wiser older local coyotes around to teach them, means the newcomers and youngsters will have to learn the ropes of coexistence the hard way: through negative encounters with humans and dogs.
  • older local coyotes help stabilize the population (only the older alphas breed in any territory)
  • simple guidelines for coexistence work in urban areas such as San Francisco and Vancouver: keep small pets from roaming free, leash dogs in a coyote area, don’t leave food out, never feed a coyote, know how to shoo off a coyote
  • it’s an environmental issue: The driving ethos these days is “environmentally friendly” and “sustainability”. This means not destroying what nature has given us — it means developing guidelines which inflict minimal or no harm on the environment: coyotes are part of our natural environment. The idea of sustainability resulted from concerns about how humans and our needs” were altering healthy and balanced ecosystems, which was coming back to haunt all of us.
  • many more pets are killed by cars than ever have been killed by coyotes — maybe we should eliminate cars first?

Pocket Gophers: Staple Chow for Coyotes

Cute gophers are part of the food chain of life. When you think about it, it’s really weird: species eat each other up. We all need the energy from the sun to live, but only plants can eat sunlight — no animals can do this. So some animals eat plants to get this energy and other animals eat those animals, and on it goes up the food chain.

Well, anyway, here’s a cute little gopher. Until eaten, it lives its life mostly underground, digging tunnels and grabbing plants.


They get their name, pocket gopher, from their fur-lined cheek pouches, or pockets which they use to carry food. The pockets on a gopher open on the outside and turn inside out for emptying and cleaning.

Adults are 8 inches long, including their 2-inch tail. The males are larger and can weigh up to 2.2 pounds — double the weight of females.  They live from one to three years, with most of the population being young adults.

Gophers are vegetarians. They eat roots, trees, shrubs, grass and plants they encounter while digging underground, and they eat the leaves and stems of plants around their tunnel entrances, sometimes pulling entire plants into their tunnels. Gophers are able to obtain enough moisture from their food, so they don’t need a source of open water.

They build intricate underground tunnel systems using their front legs and long teeth to push dirt out of their tunnels. Gophers like to be alone and only one gopher will be found in a tunnel system.

For their tunneling lifestyle, they are equipped with large-clawed front paws, small eyes and ears, and sensitive whiskers that assist with movement in the dark. Their sparsely haired tails—which also serve as a sensory mechanism—help gophers run backward almost as fast as they can run forward. Their large front teeth are used to loosen soil and rocks while digging, and to cut roots.

Gophers can move about a ton of soil to the surface each year! Their tunnels are built and extended, then gradually fill up with soil as they are abandoned.

They benefit the areas where they live, increasing soil fertility by mixing plant material and fecal wastes into the soil, by aerating or tilling the soil with their tunneling activity, which also brings minerals up to the soils surface, and they serve as food for a variety of animals including owls, coyotes, weasels, and snakes. They prevent erosion because their burrows hold water from heavy rains instead of it running over the surface.

They breed in the springtime, producing one litter of 3-7 pups per year. The nesting chamber is about 10 inches in diameter lined with dried vegetation. The young leave after 5-6 weeks, wandering off above ground to form their own territories. Densities range from 2 to 20 gophers per acre depending on food availability.

Many mammals, large birds, and snakes eat gophers and depend on their tunnels to create safer living conditions. Salamanders, toads, and other creatures seeking cool, moist conditions take refuge in unoccupied gopher burrows. Lizards use abandoned gopher burrows for quick escape cover.

Gophers are captured at their burrow entrances by pets, coyotes, foxes and bobcats. They are cornered IN their burrows by badgers, weasels, skunks, and snakes. They are captured above ground by raptors.

Eagle Owl Lands

Wow! I’m into eagles and owls this week. I tend to like our predators. Here, an Eagle Owl approaches in slow motion and then extends and spreads its incredible talons to grab its perch. I had to share this!! Enjoy!

Our Revered American Bald Eagle Was Once Maligned — and killed — For The Exact Same “Transgressions” As Are Coyotes Today

2013-06-26 Did you know that our now protected American Bald Eagles were at one time vilified as murderers and vermin in the not too distant past? They were imagined to be grave threats to sheep and small livestock and competitors for fish and game birds. Around the turn of the century they and other bird and animal predators were being eradicated. Sounds like a coyote story, doesn’t it?!

bald-eagle_1_600x450“Newspapers printed exaggerated stories of bald eagles attacking small children, blinding, disfiguring or even carrying them away in their claws, like a 3-year-old girl named Nettie in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1896. (An older girl was said to have stopped the attack by stabbing the bird in the head with her hatpin.) In 1901, The Los Angeles Times described an eagle seizing a 6-month-old baby. The child’s mother, Emma Goulding, reportedly chased the bird for eight miles on mule-back, then climbed a rocky cliff toward its nest, deflecting attacks from both the eagle and its mate as she ascended, killing both. Eventually, Mrs. Goulding found her baby lying in the eagles’ nest unharmed, then tore her skirt up, fashioned it into a rope, and rappelled them both down to safety.”

“By the 1920s, all this vitriol and killing was pushing the bald eagle toward extinction. Early conservationists, trying to warn the public about the eagle’s predicament, found it challenging to defuse all the hatred that had gathered around the bird. Slowly, of course, public opinion turned in the bald eagle’s favor for a variety of reasons, few of which had anything to do intrinsically with bald eagles. The environmental historian Mark V. Barrow Jr. points out that passage of the first national law to protect eagles, the Bald Eagle Protection Act, in 1940, was partly a byproduct of newly booming patriotism on the cusp of World War II. And in the ’60s, the bird became a sympathetic poster child for the new, pernicious form of damage that the pesticide DDT and other pollutants were leveling on the environment. It was one of the first species listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1973.”

Read more about how “we manipulate and manage the world’s wild things to reflect our ideas about what’s right and wrong, about what belongs in nature and what’s an abomination” in Jon Mooallem’s NYT article about “Streaming Eagles”:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/opinionator/2014/06/20/streaming-eagles/

I wanted to include this article to show that the treatment of eagles was so similar to the way coyotes are being treated in many areas of North America today — and all based, not on truth, but on what folks WANT to believe: Folks seem to WANT to malign them by saddling them with all sorts of untruths. Let’s learn who they are and what they are really like. And let’s stop “managing” our wildlife and just let it be. Nature can manage itself. We need to learn that animals are not bad, they just “are”, and we need to learn to live with it the way it is.

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