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Project Coyote aims to create fundamental and systemic change in the way coyotes and other wild carnivores are viewed and treated in North America and we believe the media is pivotal to accomplishing this goal.

If you are from the news media and would like to schedule an interview, please call our headquarters office at 415-945-3232 or email info@projectcoyote.org.

If you are on deadline and need immediate assistance, please call Project Coyote Executive Director, Camilla Fox at 415-690-0338 (cell) or Gina Farr, Project Coyote Communications Director at 415-453-4293.

News Releases

Petition Seeks to Reform Secretive Federal Agency That Kills Millions of Wild Animals

Washington, DC — The Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Obama administration today to reform the federal wildlife-killing agency known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public. The secretive killing — which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps — has gone on for decades with little public oversight or rules requiring the use of the best available science or techniques to reduce the deaths of nontarget animals.

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Coyote Coexistence Meetings Planned in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana — The Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (LAWRA) will be holding multiple public informational meetings across South Louisiana on citizen coyote co-existence over the next few weeks. LAWRA has become increasingly concerned about the use of coyote management techniques that have proven ineffective in other communities across the United States.

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Coalition of Wildlife Conservation Organizations Praise Arcadia City Council’s Unanimous Decision to End $30K Annual Contract to Snare & Kill Resident Coyotes

Arcadia, California — A coalition of national and local organizations including Project Coyote, the San Gabriel Friends of Wildlife, the Animal Welfare Institute, and the Angeles Chapter of Sierra Club praised the Arcadia City Council for their unanimous vote Tuesday night to end the city’s coyote trapping program by the end of the month.

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Listen LIVE on Green960.com to Project Coyote's Founding Director, Camilla Fox on Saturday, March 13th at 10am in conversation with Helge Helberg on the show "An Organic Conversation." The episode- Into the Wild- includes JoAnn Baumgartner, Director of Wild Farm Alliance and Warren Weber Owner and operator of Star Route Farms

Airing nationally, the show will be uploaded to www.anorganicconversation.com and iTunes as a podcast.

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Also listen to Camilla in conversation with Mike Fry and Beth Nelson of Animal Wise Radio about Project Coyote & Coexisting with Coyotes:

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Nature Saskatchewan Passes Resolution Condemning Coyote Bounties
Scientists call on Nova Scotia to Stop Coyote Bounty

Saskatchewan — Scientists and conservationists praised Nature Saskatchewan’s membership for passing a groundbreaking resolution recognizing coyotes’ critical role in prairie ecosystems and condemning bounties and other mass coyote killing programs.

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Victory Declared for Wildlife in Florida
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission votes UNANIMOUSLY for immediate ban on Coyote and Fox Penning

Lake Mary, Florida — Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) declared a victory for wildlife, after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted unanimously today to ban coyote and fox pens statewide. Penning involves sending packs of domestic dogs into a fenced-off enclosure to chase to exhaustion and often tear apart a captive coyote or fox.

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Strong Call for Immediate Ban on Coyote and Fox Penning
Crucial Vote on June 23rd

Lake Mary, Florida — Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute, (AWI) along with more than 60 prominent scientists, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, ethicists, and attorneys, have called on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to abolish "penning" — the use of dogs to chase, maim and kill coyotes and foxes in confined areas — at its upcoming public meeting on June 23, 2010 near Orlando.

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More than 60 Prominent Scientists, Ethicists, Veterinarians, and Attorneys Urge Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to Ban Coyote and Fox Penning

Florida — Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute, along with more than 60 prominent scientists, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, ethicists, and attorneys, have sent a formal letter urging the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to prohibit “penning” — the use of dogs to harass and kill coyotes and foxes in confined areas — and to ban trade in coyotes and foxes for such purposes. The issue will be discussed at a public FWC hearing in Apalachicola on February 17th.

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Coalition Condemns Coyote Killing Tournament as Ethically and Ecologically Indefensible (Maine)

Maine (December 30, 2009) – A national coalition of wildlife advocacy and conservation organizations representing more than 70,000 Maine citizens is calling for an end to a coyote killing tournament that is currently underway in northern Maine. Sponsored by the Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce, the killing tournament began Dec. 16 and runs through Jan. 30, 2010. Prizes are awarded to those hunters who kill both the most coyotes and the largest individuals.

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Coyote and Fox Live Bait Training and Penning Condemned as Unethical and Ecologically Reckless
Indiana Natural Resources Commission to Consider Ban on Practice Nov. 17th

Indianapolis, IN — More than 40 scientists, veterinarians, and attorneys and a coalition of wildlife advocacy organizations including the Project Coyote, Indiana Coyote Rescue (ICR), and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) have submitted a formal letter and data urging the Indiana Natural Resources Commission to support two formal petitions to prohibit the taking, killing and harassment of coyotes and red foxes for “penning” purposes and for use as live bait in the wild.

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Pop-star Jessica Simpson Loses Companion Dog to Coyote—Hard Lessons Learned & What to Do to Protect Companion Animals

Larkspur, CA- Coyotes have made headlines in the last 24 hours after pop-star Jessica Simpson sent a tweet to the world that her dog, Daisy, had been taken by a coyote near her home in Calabasas, California. “Our sympathies go out to Ms. Simpson for the loss of her beloved canine companion,” said Camilla Fox, Founding Director of Project Coyote. “While the loss of a pet to a coyote is a devastating experience for any animal guardian, there are lessons to be learned and steps all animal guardians should take to protect their domestic animals from coyotes and other native carnivores,” said Fox.

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Dr. Michael Soulé –Father of Conservation Biology – Joins Project Coyote Advisory Board

Larkspur, CA — Dr. Michael Soulé — lauded as the father of conservation biology — has joined Project Coyote’s scientific advisory board. Known internationally for his work in conservation biology and carnivore conservation, Dr. Soulé has brought much attention to the important role coyotes and other top predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems and species diversity.

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Coyote Documentary — San Francisco ~ Still Wild at Heart — to air on KQED-TV San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco, CA — Starting today, the new documentary film San Francisco ~ Still Wild at Heart will air on KQED-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next week.

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Listen to Project Coyote's Executive Director- Camilla Fox- in conversation with Mike Fry and Beth Nelson of Animal Wise Radio about Project Coyote, the war against coyotes and other predators and about compassionate conservation:

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Wildlife Advocates Condemn Challis Coyote Killing "Tournament"

Hailey, Idaho—Wildlife advocates are condemning an upcoming coyote killing “tournament”, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, and sponsored by the Bent Rod Outdoors, a Challis business. 

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Dr. Paul Paquet – Wildlife Biologist & Carnivore Expert - Joins Project Coyote Advisory Board

Larkspur, CA —Internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores, Dr. Paul Paquet, has joined California based Project Coyote’s growing professional team of canid experts and biologists whose mission is to foster peaceful coexistence between humans and coyotes throughout North America.

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Project Coyote & Living World Films Announce New Film: American Coyote – Still Wild at Heart

San Francisco, CA —Project Coyote- in partnership with Living World Films- is excited to announce the launch of a new documentary, American Coyote — Still Wild at Heart. This compelling thirty minute film produced by San-Francisco based filmmaker, Melissa Peabody, is a virtual case study of the coyote's natural range expansion continent wide.

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National Coalition Calls on the Huntington to End Cruel Coyote Snaring Program
Employee Fired after Freeing Snared Coyote

LARKSPUR, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2009) — A national coalition of wildlife advocacy organizations has called on the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. to cease its “Coyote Abatement Program” that involves killing coyotes caught in wire neck snares. Project Coyote, the Animal Welfare Institute and The Humane Society of the United States sent a detailed seven-page letter to The Huntington, outlining concerns that the program “has sorely neglected animal welfare as well as visitor safety concerns” and “embodies a poorly justified and ambiguous set of concerns over coyotes and the need for their removal.”

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Geri Vistein – Conservation Biologist & Coyote Specialist – Joins Project Coyote Team

Larkspur, CA —Conservation Biologist, Geri Vistein has joined California based Project Coyote’s growing professional team of coyote specialists whose mission is to foster peaceful coexistence between humans and coyotes throughout North America. “Ms. Vistein brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and passion for coyotes and the natural world,” said Camilla Fox, Project Coyote Founding Director.

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