Letters From Our Visitors
This page is dedicated to our visitors. Please tell us about the experiences you have had trying to help coyotes. Tell us about your experiences with ADC and USDA "Wildlife Services?" Tell us about your successes and you failures. Let people know that someone is out there fighting for these wonderful animals.
I went to your website. Thank you for what you are doing for coyotes! I have lived in the heart of ranch country for the last 15 years and am appalled by the treatment coyotes get. I can tell you a story about ADC. We woke up one morning 13 years ago to the sounds of a helicopter and gunfire. It went on with the helicopter flying up and down all the draws for over 4 hours shooting coyotes. We learned from our neighbor that they had been losing chickens to a coyote. These chickens have no coop to go into at night, nor are they even used for eggs or meat. I suppose they are just yard ornaments. The total coyotes killed that day was 24. At $700 an hour to lease the helicopter, it cost over $3000 counting travel time to save less that $100 worth of chickens. AND the offending coyote was not among the victims. The chickens continued to be lost.
If I'd wanted to wake up to sounds like I was in a war zone, I could have moved to someplace like Iraq. That incident pushed me over the edge into vegetarianism where I remain.
Last winter, I and my dogs nearly stepped in a leghold trap placed on National Forest land here in New Mexico. I inadvertently but fortuitously kicked it harmlessly shut with the way my feet were placed in the leaf strewn path. I could neither open nor remove the chain stake as the ground was frozen that day. And I was several hours away from help. As pelt prices are up and my friends are discovering, traps are becoming more prevalent. Our state Sierra Club chapter is engaged in trying to prohibit these devices from public land here - what a learning experience. I never dreamed there would be this kind of opposition. So its going to take longer than any of us expected, but we are in it for the long haul.
One of our difficulties is that coyotes are not protected in NM at all. About the only rule is you can't shoot them at night. The state land commissioner prohibits killing them on state land, but that rule is not enforced. It is beginning to become apparent to me that persecuting coyotes is a good way to get more coyotes. The people at API are publishing a monograph about it that is supposed to be out later this month. I've also been in contact with some ranchers in Arizona who no longer kill predators. They stopped 8 years ago. After a couple of years learning how to do things differently, they have killed zero predators for the last 5 years and have had zero livestock losses. So it can be done.
I love to hear coyotes raise their songs in the mornings and evenings and whenever I see one, I say a little blessing- live long and prosper!
The same goes for you!
The Story of Trickster
The story of trickster is really amazing and hard to believe, but if you were in our shoes and didn't know what one in real life looked like you would see where we are coming from.
Trickster came to us as a mutt dog, and what little we knew until our wonderful Ceanne told us different that he was a hybrid. Trickster is a very good baby and was good with people once he got to know you. He acted like a dog and was trained like a dog should be trained.
Trickster went to live with Ceanne. That is going to be home his home for the rest of his life. We truly miss him, but at the same time we know he is safe. When Ceanne got him and he got really sick, developed some kinda worm, she took care of it with her lovely vet.
Ceanne takes really good care of trickster although she is always finding a sock or something chewed up that Trickster thought he needed worse than her.
Trickster, we love you and miss you very much, and we know Ceanne will do her best to make you happy and she has for her other coyotes.
God Bless You Ceanne you are great.
--- Penny Hoffman
Indiana Coyote Rescue Center
PO Box 275, Burlington IN 46915, USA
Last revised: Wednesday, January 12, 2005