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BeProvided Conservation Radio

BeProvided Conservation Radio takes you from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Africa with expert interviews in wildlife biology, conservation, environmental education, nature writing, nature art/photography, eco tourism and much much more.  Learn how you can help close to home and worldwide to protect our natural world.

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Mar 14, 2021

coyote face by Sheryl Hester*Photo Credit: Coyote Face by Sheryl Hester

Historically the coyote features prominently in Native American mythology and folklore - In some stories the coyote is a sacred being with creative powers. In other stories the coyote is wiley, deceptive and a trickster but almost always referred to as creative and intelligent. I am Marcia Sivek and this is BeProvided Conservation Radio

Many people report observing more animals in places they had never expected. This is true for coyote sightings. Coyotes are highly adaptable to new environments. They are likely the first wild carnivore you will see. 

The coyote’s adaption to new environments are good for the coyote in one way, but in another way, it brings them close to people, specifically people’s pets and livestock. This has caused fear and anger for coyotes when they are living so close to us humans. This is why animals such as coyotes, wolves, bobcats, and bears are not revered as sacred, intelligent or creative — they are sadly considered varmints in some states. A varmint is defined as a troublesome wild animal— a pest to be rid of.

In this episode, Camilla Fox of Project Coyote helps us understand why we should learn to coexist with our wild carnivore neighbors.