Winter 2008 Newsletter
|Kissed by a Coyote|
Winter at ICRC
Artemis exuberantly greeting Holly
I returned from a visit with Indiana Coyote Rescue Center. I
privileged to be there a couple of days with CeAnn and her intern,
Jami. I am a wildlife rehabilitator from Michigan.
I am one
of the few rehabbers in southeast Michigan that takes
This summer a rehabber on the west side of Michigan contacted me about
two coyotes that are too habituated to people to be released.
talked to Howell Nature Center and the Detroit Zoo, as I had had
contacts with them before about wildlife. Neither could help.
This past year I have been very interested in learning as much as I can about coyotes. I read books, search the internet and find published research papers, and have attended the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association annual conference because there were two speakers about coyotes, Dr. Dan Burton of the Ohio Wildlife Center and Dr. Stan Gehrt who is conducting a study on coyotes in Chicago, Illinois. While there, I was referred to Dr. Jonathan Way in Massachusettes, who has been conducting a study on coyotes on Cape Cod for the past 10 years. I am going there in February to assist in trapping, radio collaring, and tracking coyotes. I hope to go back in the summer to assist with den monitoring.
While checking on the internet to find someone to help the rehabber with the two habituated coyotes, I found the Indiana Coyote Rescue Center. Wow, there was someone within driving distance from me that has coyotes!! I was hoping I could visit the ICRC to learn even more about these animals that are the most wild of the ones I come in contact with. I was very excited when my inquiring e-mail was returned that yes, I could visit, and yes, I could come that next week!
While I was at ICRC, I helped with cleaning pens, feeding, and watering. I spent a lot of time observing their behavior. Then CeAnn asked if I would like her to bring one of the coyotes in the house. What?? A coyote in the house?? That is just the opposite of what I do with wild animals! I am one of the few rehabbers that loves them to hate me, and that enjoys being growled at when I enter a pen. But I had already been educated as to what CeAnn does.
Her coyotes, all 20 of them, live outside in chain link enclosures with housing and places to hide. Occasionally some have to be attended to by her or her intern, and sometimes there is a vet visit and an operation. As CeAnn keeps them for their lifetime, she has to be able to work with them if needed. Some were kept by people as pets and for the usual reasons they couldn't keep them anymore. Most of these animals would have been euthanized if not for ICRC.
Then came the moment to bring the coyote in the house. On the outside I was cool and collected, but on the inside I was electrified. I was going to be in the same room as a coyote! It's one thing to save an adult from mange, or raise pups that came to me already weaned, or take older pups the DNR brought to me that someone had trapped and take them to release, but this was up close and personal.
I watched CeAnn and Jami go to a pen and carry in a young female. I couldn’t believe this moment! I work very hard to keep a great distance between me and the wild animals I treat so that they can be returned to the wild with as little interference from humans as possible. Even though I know that CeAnn’s work with these animals needs to be different from mine, I still feel that somehow I’m violating an unwritten law when I touch a wild animal, that I’m on their turf and I’m trespassing.
The gorgeous, blonde coyote named Artemis was now in the same room with me running around and sniffing everything. Then she came over to me. I was sitting down and she jumped up with her front paws and kissed my chin. Then she kissed my hands. Then my chin again! I held her as she did this. She was like an excited puppy with company over. What energy! I was elated, but also sad that this beautiful wild animal’s life was changed because someone’s wolf/dog hybrid brought it home, probably from the den. Thank God that there was a human being that cared enough about her to give her a second chance.
All of CeAnn’s coyotes will have a good life for as long as they live. She is completely devoted to giving all of them a chance to be healthy and outside. Her knowledge of coyotes is so great that even coyote researchers ask her for advice. We are very fortunate that she cares enough about these coyotes to devote her life to caring for them. I cannot imagine the hours and dollars she spends saving them from death, as that is what surely would have happened if she was not there. It always costs a lot to feed carnivores, and here is a person that has 20 adult ones to feed.
I have a lot of family obligations, but I hope to return this summer to help socialize puppies. I could get more coyote kisses!
- Holly Hadac
|New Resident at ICRC|
Angel before the collar was removed.
was brought to us by a wildlife rehabilitation center this
She was owned as a pet for five years, all the while being chained in
the back yard. She was allowed inside with her owner at some times, but
because of circumstances which caused the lady to no longer be able to
care for her, we have taken her in for the remainder of her life. When
she arrived, she was still connected to her chain and very scared. We
were at last able to unhook the chain from her collar, but because of
fear aggression, unable to remove her collar without causing harm to
either her or ourselves. She has only been here a short
but seems to be adjusting quite well. Hopefully in a few weeks, we will
be able to approach her close enough to remove the collar that looks to
be quite uncomfortable as well as being a health hazard if she were to
catch it on something. If unable to do so ourselves, we may have to
take her to a veterinarian to be sedated so we can remove it. She will
most likely live out her days alone because her previous owner had her
spayed which has been known to change social behaviors and making it
nearly impossible to have a companion. She also has had her dewclaws
removed, which is an important part of her body used in defense. She
spends most of her days exploring her new enclosure and watching her
neighbor Tudi with expanding interest. We hope and predict that she
will come to adapt and be content here in her new home.
On Feb 1, 2008, Angel was taken to the Dr. Wolf to get her collar removed. As happens sometimes, things didn’t go as planned. In twenty-one years of taking care of coyotes, I had never seen a coyote NOT go down on xylozine. Angel really fought that drug. She would not lie down and whenever her eyes would start to close, she would jerk to make them open.
Finally, Alex suggested a catchpole. I said “No”. So, Jami said she would just open the top of the crate, grab her by the scruff of the neck and someone could remove the collar.
So, that is what we did. The collar was removed, she was given an injection of Jobim and everything turned out just fine. Angel’s collar had been on for five years. This is the first time in her life that she hasn’t had a collar on.
|Ban Live Bait Dog Training|
Indiana Department of Natural Resources is currently making rule
clarifications that are vital to the well being and humane treatment of
our precious wildlife.
Indiana trappers are currently lobbying individual legislators to legalize the selling of wild animals as bait for dog training. They argue that more money can be made from selling a live coyote as bait, than can be made selling the animal's pelt. Other animals are also sold as live bait such as rabbits, foxs and raccoons.
The citizens of this state are opposed to such black market practices and do not want this legalized. The IDNR rules clarification would make certain that these despicable activities could not happen in our state. The use of live animals as bait is horrific. It is unthinkable that a handful of our legislators are negotiating with the trappers of this state to force the IDNR to legalize this practice. It is irresponsible of them to ask that the IDNR to "look the other way" for the sake of garnering votes from trappers. And - there should be no career repercussions on those IDNR employees speaking up on behalf of the suffering of these animals trapped, shipped and released as live bait with no possible means of escape.
Animal cruelty has gained prominent nationwide recognition via the horrors of the recent dog fighting news. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is now taking public comment on the issue. Whether or not you live in the State of Indiana, please let the NRC know your feelings on this issue.There are two ways to give comments to show supprt for the DNR and the Coyote Rule. You can access the NRC site and comment: www.in.gov/nrc/2378.htm or, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to start tracking the Coyote Rule, check this site every day: www.in.gov/legislative/iac/iac_title?iact=312 scroll down on the left side bar to LSA Document# type in 07-749 This site is where they will post info. for the Coyote Bill and will post where the Public Hearings, conducted by Sandra Jensen, the Hearing Judge will be held. So far, only the Coyote Bill is displayed there, but you need to check it every day.
This is a very complicated process and we need your support. Please be persistent. If you had made comments to DNR before about this issue and you have something new to say, send a another comment. Keep pushing your support for the Department of Natural Resource's Coyote Rule.
|A New Pen For Morrell and Hotei|
Hotei exploring the new enclosure.
Morrell and Hotei's finished enclosure.
to the Summerlee Foundation and donors like you, Morrell and Hotei are
finally out of their small pen and into one that is about three times
larger. It took most of the summer to build. First,
to build a corridor linking the two pens. We had to be able
move the coyotes from the old pen to the new. Morrell is not
tractable coyote and likes things done her own way.
Joe and Laramie Coyote visited. They stayed here for 4 days and did most of the work on the new pen. Laramie mowed grass, Joe worked on the pen and I watched. It was the middle of summer and was very hot. Joe and Laramie love coyotes and it was a pleasure having them here. Laramie also likes to cook. I wasn’t feeling well and they took very good care of me and the coyotes. Then, they packed up and went back to Ohio. No one could ask for better friends.
When my intern, Jami returned from her vacation, we opened to gates to the corridor and Morrell ran right in and started to explore her new territory. It took Hotei about a week to adjust, while going back and forth from the old pen to the new. After about two weeks, we closed the door on the new pen and they have both adjusted quite well. Now, their old pen is being used for Jack.
| Comments on the Marketing of Live Coyotes
and Dog Training
|Click here to read Stanley Gehrt, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at The Ohio State University insightful views about the trapping and trade of live coyotes.|
|Saved By Their Song|
|Click here to read Yvonne Scott's beautiful story about living in rural Illinois with wild coyotes on the land.|
|Your Voice for the Coyotes|
are asking our readers to write letters sharing their experiences about
wild or captive coyotes, living with coyotes in
ranching country, trying to help coyotes and federal predator control.
Let people know that someone is out there fighting for these wonderful
animals. The letters will be placed on our website and in the
Please email your letters to CeAnn at email@example.com
|About the Indiana Coyote Rescue Center|
CeAnn & Artemis
Photo by Tom Strickland Photography
© Detroit Free Press
center is currently home to 21 coyotes, all rescued from
shelters or private wildlife rehabilitators when the animals
couldn’t care for themselves in the wild, usually because
they’d become too socialized to humans and lacked survival
skills. ICRC is licensed by the state. CeAnn Lambert has supported her
facility from donations and her own funds. ICRC is a
not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Information about helping ICRC
is on the website under the wish-list
Address: PO Box 275, Burlington IN 46915, USA
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