LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION TO READ UP ON CARNIVORES? Project Coyote has compiled a list of books and other publications featuring books by Project Coyote Representatives and Science Advisory Board members. A number of children’s books are also included that are great for young conservationists. For a list of recommended coyote related books click here (some listed below).

The Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution

(first published 1975; reprinted in 2009)

Edited by Michael W. Fox

Edited by Dr. Michael W. Fox, former Project Coyote Advisory Board member and one of the premier researchers in the field, The Wild Canids includes 30 scholarly studies in the field of wild canid ethology.

First published in 1975, our knowledge of the behavior and evolution of wolves, foxes, coyotes, and Canis familiaris—the domestic dog—was extremely limited until the publication this acclaimed volume, which represented a major step forward in understanding these fascinating animals. It also laid out a number of areas of inquiry that stimulated further study.

In the nearly 35 years since its publication, The Wild Canids has been a valuable resource for conservationists in protecting and re-introducing canids into the wild and in familiarizing dog trainers and behaviorists with the science of canine behavior.

Today’s readers now have the opportunity to delve into the original research by such pioneers in the field as Bekoff, Belyaev, Zimen and many more.

Jacket blurb written by Project Coyote Advisory Board member Marc Bekoff:The Wild Canids is an excellent source for anyone who wants to know about the behavior, ecology, and conservation of these amazing animals. Much of the information is as important as it was when the book was first published.”

~Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado; author of numerous books including The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, and Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior

Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore

By Project Coyote founding Executive Director Camilla H Fox and Christopher Papouchis

Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore discusses the wide array of practical and proven humane and ecologically sound techniques available to ranchers and suburbanites for coexisting with coyotes — from livestock guard dogs, shepherds, and state of the art fencing, to propane exploders, noise makers, and “Coyote Rollers”. References and links are provided to enable individuals, communities, municipalities and others involved in coyote conflict abatement programs to obtain additional resources for reducing coyote conflicts. Topics covered in Coyotes in Our Midst:

  • Coyote demographics and ecology
  • The role of coyotes in ecosystems
  • Background history on predator management in the U.S.
  • The biological and ecological impacts of lethal coyote control
  • The value of community-based conservation approaches
  • Urban/suburban conflicts between coyotes and people
  • Methods and techniques for reducing conflicts both in rural and urban ecosystems
  • State-by-state information about laws regarding coyotes ~ classification and management
  • Case studies and prototype models

Coyotes in Our Midst is intended to help communities, agencies, public officials and concerned individuals resolve such conflicts with the many scientifically proven, practical management techniques available for coexisting with coyotes. To download a free PDF copy of this publication, click here. (© Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute).

Cull of the Wild: A Contemporary Analysis of Wildlife Trapping in the United States

Edited by Camilla H. Fox and Christopher M. Papouchis

Co-edited by, Camilla Fox, Project Coyote Founding Director, CULL OF THE WILD: A Contemporary Analysis of Trapping in the United States, is considered a key reference and primer on the history and current status of trapping in the U.S. and includes detailed information about trapping devices, practices, regulations, policy reform efforts, as well as statistics on the species and numbers of animals captured in each state. To download a free copy, click here.

What others have to say about CULL of the WILD:

“At last a book that thoughtfully and thoroughly documents the history behind the arcane and inhumane practice of fur trapping. CULL of the WILD is a very timely contribution that I believe will serve to educate the public on this particular injustice inflicted upon wildlife and help bring an end to this barbaric practice.”
~U.S. Representative Sam Farr (D-CA)

CULL of the WILD provides important thought and heart provoking information to a world that must now act. Animals and the future are relying upon our passion, compassion, and commitment to end this senseless, destructive history.”
~Julia Butterfly Hill, Author, Legacy of Luna, & founder of the Circle of Life Foundation

CULL of the WILD is a well researched, thoughtful, comprehensive guide for concerned citizens and activists alike. If you haven’t been moved to action before reading this book, you will be by the time you are done.”
~U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) .

New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes, and Policy (2009)

Edited by, Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani and Paul Paquet

A New Era for Wolves and People analyzes the crucial relationship between human ethics, attitudes, and policy and the management of wolf populations in Europe and North America. The contributors assert that these human dimensions affect wolf survival just as much, if not more, than the physical environment. Contributors include recognized scientists and other wolf experts who introduce new and sometimes controversial findings.

This book features a co-authored introduction by Project Coyote Advisory Board member Paul Paquet who is also a co-editor of the book, and a chapter titled Ethical Reflections on Wolf Recovery and Conservation: A Practical Approach for Making Room for Wolves by Camilla Fox and Project Coyote Advisory Board member Marc Bekoff. To download and read a copy of this chapter, click here. More information.

Coyotes: Biology, Behavior and Management

By Marc Bekoff

This classic of the canid literature, originally published in 1978 and reprinted in 2001 by Blackburn Press, pulls together much disparate research in coyote evolution, taxonomy, reproduction, communication, behavioral development, population dynamics, ethology and ecological studies in the Southwest, Minnesota, Iowa, New England and Wyoming as well as studies on livestock damage and research on other canids.

Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation

By Marc Bekoff

For far too long humans have been ignoring nature. As the most dominant, overproducing, overconsuming, big-brained, big-footed, arrogant, and invasive species ever known, we are wrecking the planet at an unprecedented rate. And while science is important to our understanding of the impact we have on our environment, it alone does not hold the answers to the current crisis, nor does it get people to act. In Ignoring Nature No More, Marc Bekoff and a host of renowned contributors argue that we need a new mind-set about nature, one that centers on empathy, compassion, and being proactive. Find out more here.

God’s Dog: The North American Coyote

by Hope Ryden

For two years naturalist/photographer Hope Ryden camped in remote areas of the West observing and photographing coyotes. With eloquence and clarity, she describes the private life of this much-maligned animal in a book that has been heralded as the classic treatise on the subject. While observing her controversial subjects, Hope endured hardships and peril, events she weaves into her beautiful story.

Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators

By William Stolzenburg

Wildlife journalist William Stolzenburg follows in the wake of nature’s topmost carnivores and finds chaos in their absence. His startling tour through the bizarre, impoverished landscapes of pest and plague provides a world of reason to think again about meat-eating beasts so recently missing from the web of life. Includes a new afterword by the author.

“Big, fierce animals have a noble champion in William Stolzenburg.” ~ Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

By Dan Flores

With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don’t come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote. As soon as Americans—especially white Americans—began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York’s Central Park. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands-down.

Wolfer: A Memoir

by Carter Niemeyer

His plan was to stay in Iowa, maybe get a job counting ducks, or do a little farming. But events conspired to fling Carter Niemeyer westward and straight into the jaws of wolves. From his early years wrangling ornery federal trappers, eagles and grizzlies, to winning a skinning contest that paved the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies, Carter Niemeyer reveals the wild and bumpy ride that turned a trapper – a killer – into a champion of wolves.

Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (2009)

By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

Scientists have long counseled against interpreting animal behavior in terms of human emotions, warning that such anthropomorphizing limits our ability to understand animals as they really are.

Marrying years of behavioral and cognitive research with compelling and moving anecdotes, Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce reveal that animals exhibit a broad repertoire of moral behaviors, including fairness, empathy, trust, and reciprocity. Underlying these behaviors is a complex and nuanced range of emotions, backed by a high degree of intelligence and surprising behavioral flexibility.

Animals, in short, including coyotes, are incredibly adept social beings, relying on rules of conduct to navigate intricate social networks that are essential to their survival. Ultimately, Bekoff and Pierce draw the astonishing conclusion that there is no moral gap between humans and other species: morality is an evolved trait that we unquestionably share with other social mammals. More information.

Suburban Howls

By Dr. Jonathan Way (with foreword by Project Coyote Advisory Board member, Dr. Marc Bekoff)

“Here is a fabulous journey into the life of the eastern Coyote in the northeastern United States. If you’ve ever wanted to know these canine inhabitants of wild lands and rural and suburban zones better, this book is for you. Author Jonathan Way started studying coyotes when he was in high school.

Suburban Howls encompasses his life and studies beginning then, and continuing through his university years to the present. He is a scientist who loves his subject, loves the very beings of his subject. The book will be of interest to students of wildlife biology, wildlife management, and of human wild life interactions and ethics.

It is definitely readable for a general audience with an appreciation for adventure and a curiosity for wildlife. If you know someone (cat owner or otherwise) who could benefit from feeling more at home with their neighboring Coyotes, you might sneak this book onto their coffee table.”

~ from review of Suburban Howls by Bev McBride in Canadian Field Naturalist

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom; Foreword by Collin O’Mara

“Full of essential wisdom” — Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Wildness beats in the heart of California’s urban areas. In Los Angeles, residents are rallying to build one of the largest wildlife crossings in the world because of the plight of one lonely mountain lion named P-22. Porpoises cavort in San Francisco Bay again because of a grassroots effort to clean up a waterway that was once a toxic mess.

The Trap (The Kinship Series #2)

By Robin Lamont

On a rare vacation out west, animal rights investigator Jude Brannock fulfills a lifelong dream of seeing wolves in the wild. The wonder of the moment is shattered when she learns that a wildlife trapper has been murdered and the main suspect is an ALF member and a man she once loved. Jude’s search for the real killer takes her undercover where she collides with a government agency that is methodically destroying the wildlife she is determined to protect.

Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America

By William Stolzenburg

Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England’s forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion.

Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded. The lion was three years old, with a DNA trail embarking from the Black Hills of South Dakota on a cross-country odyssey eventually passing within thirty miles of New York City. It was the farthest landbound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in America, by a barely weaned teenager venturing solo through hostile terrain.


(Click Here To Download Project Coyote’s Recommended Book List)

Behavior of Wolves, Dogs, and Related Canids

Author: Michael W. Fox

Publisher: Krieger Publishing Co., Melbourne, Florida
Year: 1984 (reprint edition)

Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

Editors: D.W. MacDonald and C. Sillero-Zubiri

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2004

Bringing Life to Ethics: Global Bioethics for a Humane Society

Author: Michael W. Fox

Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany, New York
Year: 2001

Carnivore Conservation

Editors: John L. Gittleman, Stephen M. Funk, David MacDonald and Robert K. Wayne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2001

Concepts In Ethology: Animal Behavior And Bioethics

Author: Michael W. Fox

Publisher: Krieger Publishing Co., Melbourne, Florida
Year: 1998 (second edition)

Coyote, a Trickster Tale from the American Southwest (children’s book)

Author: Gerald McDermott

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York
Year: 1994

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History 

Author: Dan Flores

Publisher: Basic Books, New York
Year: 2016

Coyote at the Kitchen Door: Living with Wildlife in Suburbia

Author: Stephen DeStefano

Publisher: Harvard University Press, Boston
Year: 2011

Coyote Reader

Author: William Bright

Publisher: University of California Press
Year: 1993

Coyotes: Biology, Behavior, and Management.

Editor: Bekoff, M. (ed.)

Publisher: Academic Press, New York.
Year: 1978
Year: 1990 (reprinted)

Publisher: Blackburn Press, West Caldwell, New Jersey
Year: 2001 (reprinted)

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature

Author: Jon Young

Publisher: Owlink Media, USA.
Year: 2010

Coyotes in our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore

Editors: Camilla H. Fox and Christopher M. Papouchis

Publisher: Animal Protection Institute, Sacramento, California
Year: 2005

Cull of the Wild: A Contemporary Analysis of Wildlife Trapping in the United States

Editors: Camilla H. Fox and Christopher M. Papouchis

Publisher: Animal Protection Institute, Sacramento, California
Year: 2004

Don Coyote

Author: Dayton O. Hyde

Publisher: Arbor House, New York
Year: 1986

Eastern Coyote: The Story of its Success

Author: Gerry R. Parker

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Year: 1995

Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with his Daughter

Author: Barry Lopez

Publisher: Avon Books, New York
Year: 1981

God’s Dog

Author: Hope Ryden (foreword by Dr. Michael W. Fox)

Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York
Year: 1975

Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America

Author: William Stolzenburg

Publisher: Bloomsbury, USA
Year: 2016

Hungry Coyote

Author: Cheryl Blackford

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press, Minnesota
Year: 2015

I Am Coyote

Author: Geri Vistein

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers, USA
Year: 2015

Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation

Editor: Marc Bekoff

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press, Chicago
Year: 2013

Living with Coyotes

Author: Stuart R. Ellins

Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin
Year: 2005

Meet Tricky Coyote! (children’s book)

Author: Gretchen Will Mayo

Publisher: Walker and Company, New York
Year: 1993

Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores

Editors: Robert A. Long, Paula MacKay, Justina Ray, William Zielinski

Publisher: Island Press, Washington, D.C.
Year: 2008

Old Coyote

Author: Nancy Wood

Illustrator: Max Grafe

Publisher: Candlewick, USA
Year: 2008

People and Predators: From Conflict to Coexistence

Editors: Nina Fascione, Aimee Delach and Martin E. Smith

Publisher: Island Press, Washington, D.C.
Year: 2004

Predatory Bureaucracy

Author: Michael J. Robinson

Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Year: 2005

Suburban Howls: Tracking the Eastern Coyote in Urban Massachusetts

Author: Jonathan G. Way (Foreword by Marc Bekoff)

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana
Year: 2007

Sundance Coyote (children’s book)

Author: Michael W. Fox

Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York
Year: 1974

The Coyote, Defiant Songdog of the West

Author: Francois Leydet

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Year: 1977

Track of the Coyote

Author: Todd Wilkinson

Publisher: North Word Press, Inc, Wisconsin
Year: 1995

The Trap (The Kinship Series) (Volume 2)

Author: Robin Lamont

Publisher: Grayling Press, USA
Year: 2015

Voice of the Coyote

Author: James Frank Dobie

Publisher: Little Brown, Boston
Year: 1949

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

Author: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Publisher: Heyday, USA
Year: 2016

Whitepaws: A Coyote-Dog  (children’s book)

Author: Michael W. Fox

Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York
Year: 1979

The Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution

Author: Michael W. Fox

Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York
Year: 1974 (first edition)

Publisher: Krieger Publishing Co., Melbourne, Florida
Year: 1983 (reprint edition)

Wild Justice—The Moral Lives of Animals

Authors: Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Year: 2009

Wild Neighbors: The Humane Approach to Living with Wildlife

Authors: John Hadidian, Margaret Baird, Maggie Brasted, Lauren Nolfo-Clements, Dave Pauli, and Laura Simon

Publisher: Humane Society Press, Washington, D.C.
Year: 2007

Wolfer: A Memoir

Authors: Carter Niemeyer

Publisher: Bottlefly Press, USA
Year: 2012

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