Protect wildlife & wildlands
FOSTER COEXISTENCE AND ADVOCATE FOR WILDLIFE
Since Europeans stepped onto North American soil, our native apex predators have been feared, misunderstood, hunted, trapped and exterminated. Today, native carnivores continue to be marginalized, displaced and persecuted in their homeland. Project Coyote’s programs are aimed at shifting negative attitudes toward coyotes, wolves and other maligned predators by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation. We use all of the tools in the toolbox: education, legislation, lobbying, grassroots mobilization, science and multi-media outreach — and when necessary, we also use the courts. We have six core programs:
More than 100,000 predators are killed each year by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency. Most of this killing is carried out in the name of “livestock protection” despite scientific evidence suggesting that this approach is misguided and ultimately ineffective.
Beyond the promotion of coexistence among people, livestock, and wildlife is the goal of healthy habitats and ecosystems: eco-restoration of ranches through the promotion of predator friendly ranching models of coexistence and sustainability.
As coyotes expand their range and urban sprawl encroaches into wildlife habitat, human-coyote interactions are on the rise with conflicts resulting when uninformed people intentionally or unintentionally feed wild animals or otherwise encourage a lack of fear of humans.
Because carnivores have been controversial since Europeans first colonized our continent, a new conservation science is needed—one that is built on rock-solid science that is standardized, transparent, repeatable and defensible but that also integrates ethics and animal welfare.
“Keeping It Wild” educates young people about predators and coexistence to foster respect and compassion for wildlife while contributing to their environmental and scientific literacy, giving students what they need to effect positive change and, to become future leaders.