FACTS MATTER #resist — (STOP Trapping)

Sadly, trapping continues big time in vast areas of the country in the name of “management”. This policy produces harm and heartache for the animals and for those of us who care about them. It’s not management, it’s animal abuse and it’s shameful — an immense contradiction for the human species which considers itself the custodians of our planet. Let’s practice the values we believe in. Real “management” involves simple education. Let’s get information out to folks to help turn the tide. This posting is towards that end.

The letter I wrote in a comment below has information for people who don’t know that trapping has only negative consequences. Even those people who love coyotes often believe relocation is best for the coyote and the humane thing to do — they are innocent of the truth. We need to let them know the truth, and at the same time let them know that precautions to make coexistence work are indeed simple.
*[Trapping is not occurring in SF, but it is happening elsewhere. SF has a stellar coyote coexistence policy based on education. Yay, San Francisco!]

A. Resist trapping and killing coyotes in your area

Facts prove that coyotes are not dangerous to humans: they avoid humans. Pets can easily be protected by following simple guidelines. Unbeknownst to many, trapping ALWAYS leads to killing (see letter in comment below). Please #resist those instigating trap and kill policies. Please help get educational materials out to everyone — we all have a stake in this. Call your supervisors, homeowner associations, social media and neighbors: let them know what you think about outmoded trap/kill policies and give them current educational materials.

B. Simple, Effective Guidelines:

1) Keep your distance always from all wildlife and don’t approach — the more distance, the better. 

2) Allowing cats to roam free puts them in danger from dogs, cars, raccoons, coyotes and more. Coyotes don’t know who is a pet and who isn’t: how would they know the difference between a cat and any other prey?

3) Always remain vigilant while walking your pet. If you see a coyote, at any distance, while out with your dog: leash right away, shorten your leash, and walk the other way. See “How to Handle A Coyote Encounter”, below.

C. Focused, Factual Resources:

1) “Coyotes as Neighbors, what to know and do”, an introductory video presentation. [Also in Spanish, Mandarin, shortened English version].

2) “How to Handle A Coyote Encounter”, a downloadable, concise and informative flyer. More coexistence guides can be found on the coyotecoexistence.com website.

3) Inside A Coyote Family, an article which appeared in WildCare Magazine about coyote family life. More about coyote behavior and family life can be found on coyoteyipps.com.

D. Why Trapping is Inhumane and Doesn’t Work:

See letter by Yipps in the comments for a sample letter you could write about why trapping is inhumane and doesn’t work.

For a flyer version, press here: FACTSMATTER#resist

News: Happy Ending!

lucky little gal

lucky little gal

Story sent from Canada:

I received a call from Animal Care and Control today.  They had picked up a coyote that had been caught in a leg-hold trap.

The guy at ACC said that he just couldn’t put her down.  So, I met him out at the rehabilitation center where the coyote is now in one of our outdoor enclosures.

Although the coyote would rather be free, at least she is still alive.  She doesn’t look as though she was hurt by the leg hold trap and she appears to be healthy.

I gave her a nice dinner for her stressful day.  Since she doesn’t appear hurt, we’ll release her soon as soon as we find a good place for her.  The bad news is that we can’t release her back to where she came from.


How nice that they called you! It gives me hope to know that there are good people out there. I wonder what the story was and why the trapper didn’t get her.

I hope there is a good place for her to be released.


Of course it is her home which she is tied to: her family and territory. The ones released by Stan Gehrt tried to make it back to their homes. They all died in the process. If released too far from home, there are more obstacles — people and cars — that the coyote has to deal with.

Not only that – in her desperate search for food she could get into trouble with people and their pets!!!


Someone called ACC to say that they had seen her in the leg-hold trap.  So there is another good person out there.

We do have places to release coyotes.  Unfortunately it won’t be with her family or in her own territory.  And, they don’t all make it when they are released in a new place.  I hate this, but at least we are giving her a chance.


Couldn’t it be done at night – who would know?  The whole experience will be aversive enough to keep her from going into the area where she was trapped.


Unfortunately, I do not know where she was found.  They don’t want me putting her back in the same area.


The attached is not a good photo, but a photo none the less of our latest visitor at the rehabilitation center.  She is curled up in front of a heat lamp on a drizzly day.  She ate all of her kibble last night but neither of the rats that I left for her.  I guess she doesn’t like them if they are not alive and running from her.  She will get more kibble, rats, insects and other goodies tonight.

I am still working on getting the location of the spot where she was found.  It may take me a few more days.  Once I find out where she was found, I’ll get her released close by.

I know that she is not keen on where she is and she is afraid.  However, she is warm, has food and shelter and it is temporary.  We will get her back where she belongs soon.


It’s a great picture! And you are an angel!!!


I found out where the coyote was found.  I am working on a clandestine release within a couple of blocks.  Will keep you posted.




Just wanted you to know that the coyote brought in for rehabilitation was returned to her neighborhood on Wednesday night about 11:30 pm.  I wasn’t there, but here is what was relayed to me.  She was at the back of the kennel during the drive until she got close to her neighborhood when she could tell that she was almost home.  Once the door was opened, she bolted out.  About halfway to the tree line, she turned around and looked at the person who released her.  Then she went on her way to find her family.

We all just love a happy ending.