An Update on Ranchers and Coyotes From Walkaboutlou

Look at what one individual person can accomplish, by talking to another individual, privately and confidentially, about what he has learned through dedicated and insightful direct-observation. Publicly they will spew what their peers and neighbors say. Privately, more are starting to realize that so called predator control is a myth. Yay, Lou! This is Fantastic!!

Sent: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 9:12 am

Good morning Janet,

I had a really good conversation with a farmer and convinced him to experiment with no hunting coyotes for a year minimal. Like most here, he hunts coyote hard. And continues to suffer from predation and financial loss. He is adding 2 more dogs to his flocks. When we spoke, he talked about how he has hunted coyote “hard core” with traps, snares and dogs for years and nothing has eased his loss. I explained with all due respect, his “hard core” tactics has helped create ” hard core” coyotes.

I also shared the article you sent me, and told him to speak to ranchers who have adopted no hunting strategies. I also told him if he allows a pair or 2 of coyote to establish territory, they will act as peripheral guards to his property to other nomadic, strange coyotes. I explained how coyote pairs/packs don’t normally allow nomads to stay long, and how local coyotes know the land, and rules intimately.

He also spoke of “outskirt” areas he’ll allow for coyote to encourage them to stay in certain spaces. I’m so very excited. My vision is large areas of settled, territorial coyotes living naturally among ranches, proving coexistence is a reality and ending the cycle of hard core tactics that creates big problems for both coyote and rancher.
Lou

[For background on Lou and what he does, please read Lou’s previous correspondence: “Observations of Coyote Behavior on Ranches by Walkaboutlou”.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elinor
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 19:23:24

    LOVE this story!!

    Reply

  2. Linda Bolon
    Oct 24, 2018 @ 01:09:57

    That is totally awesome. ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. After 14 years of Urban Coyote Co-Existence lectures in the active adult community where I live, our HOA has implemented a “no kill policy” on coyotes. NEVER give up.

    Reply

  3. Barbara Rockwell
    Oct 24, 2018 @ 01:25:41

    This is so great !!!

    Reply

  4. Cindie White
    Oct 24, 2018 @ 02:28:33

    THANK YOU!!!

    Reply

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