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PROJECT COYOTE LIES

  • Months before this meeting, the El Dorado County Sheriff was unable to (by law) release any information regarding the incident involving warden Bob Pera, who was accidentally shot by James Ingram . Days after this meeting it was confirmed through the El Dorado District Attorney’s office no information was released since the case was still under review. After the initial incident, the El Dorado Sheriff’s office was the only agency investigating the incident.

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  • In an effort to pressure Marin County into ending its contract with USDA's Wildlife Services, Project Coyote founder Camilla Fox penned an opinion article for the Marin Independent Journal printed July 12, 1999. Without any proof, Fox claimed Marin County hired a trapper who employed illegal methods of animal control:"conibear kill traps and deadly poisons."HERE These methods were made illegal by the passage of prop 4 months before this letter was written. Fox already knew these methods were illegal; Fox was employed by the Animal Protection Institute, the same organization who financially backed the voter initiative banning body gripping traps and poisons. HERE SOURCE Marin County Agricultural Commissioner Stacey Carlson wrote a letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors July 20, 1999 writing "the program in Marin has been much maligned by animal activists without cause. USDA does not use kill traps, poisons, leg hold traps nor do they perform denning as activists have portrayed." "The animal protection representatives have taken the non-consensus approach supplying misinformation to the public" "Statistics verify that very few animals are taken in West Marin per year, certainly much less than are killed by vehicles on roads in the urban corridor, and insignificant compared to the domestic animals euthanized by the Humane Society."  SOURCE

    Marin County Agricultural Commissioner Stacy Carlson wrote a letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors criticizing Fox who
    "incorrectly stated USDA uses kill traps and poisons when it is widely known they are not used." He goes on to write "Information being supplied to the public by animal activists leads the public to believe that USDA and ranchers are using illegal traps and poisons, and thus are somehow breaking the law." SOURCE

    This is the same tactic Project Coyote uses today. Mislead the public regarding the facts in order to gain support. If the well meaning public heard the facts, it would not only hurt their support but would greatly reduce Project Coyote's ability to raise money from the well meaning, uninformed public. 


  • Camilla Fox’s claims are used to push an animal rights agenda. In 2006, Fox was awarded the Christine Stevens Wildlife award which "supported the development of non-lethal solutions to wildlife managemnt"  (HERE) two years before she finished her thesis paper HERE. Another example of working backward from a conclusion. Why would anyone expect this thesis to be unbiased when she received thousands of dollars from an animal rights group who campaigns to protect all wildlife?


  • The well intending conservation organization John Muir Association was mislead regarding the accomplishments of Ms. Fox and were advised of the truth prior to the award presentation. The John Muir Association gave Camilla Fox the award anyway. Don’t allow Camilla Fox and Project Coyote to tarnish the good name of John Muir! You can help by telling the  John Muir Association  to correct their mistake and give the 2014 Conservationist of the Year award to an honest deserving person. 

            

             

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  • Project Coyote claims the Marin County Non-lethal program "a model for coexistence." The truth is a study conducted by Stephanie Larson of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Marin and Sonoma Counties raised several concerns regarding the Marin non-lethal program including higher costs, the program does not account for sheep loss from predators by ranchers who choose to not participate in the program and is likely to result in more coyotes being removed through lethal control than when USDA's Wildlife Services conducted predator control for Marin County. HERE 


  • One of the more recent examples of a Project Coyote lie was when Fox claimed to help close the loophole in hunting contests. A letter from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife explained their decision a simple “clarifying” of the   Fish & Game Code. The letter can be found HERE.


  • ​Project Coyote claimed they were a 501(c)3 non profit organization in court documents HERE Project Coyote is actually a "project" of Earth Island Institute.


  • One does not have to look far to find examples of the anti-hunting, animal rights views of Camilla Fox. In a letter, Fox allegedly penned for North American Hunter magazine titled "The Case Against Sport Hunting." HERE Fox is critical of hunting while providing no source information to support her claims. We have reached out to North American Hunter magazine to confirm this but have not received a response. 


  • Prop 4, the California ban on leghold trapping and use of compound 1080. In a mailing to voters, animal welfare proponents
    of Proposition 4 argued that sodium fluoroacetate caused "cruel, unnecessary deaths" and "immense suffering in its victims," and called padded leghold traps and poisons "indiscriminate and cruel." However, a recent study from Australia, where sodium
    fluoroacetate is widely used to control introduced mammal pests, concluded that pain is not associated with fluoroacetate
    poisoning (
    Gregory 1996); furthermore, USDA and UC Berkeley research conducted at HREC during the 1990s found that in more than 150 coyote captures with leg-hold traps, the incidence of injury and death was less than 5%. HERE


  • ​Coyotes do not have the ability to determine their numbers are diminishing and reproduce in larger quantities to compensate for loss.  The determining factor controlling coyote population size are the elements of nature; food availability, water availability, quality of the habitat, and the weather.  Coyotes do not have a secret sense that there are fewer of their species and the litter sizes need to be larger.


  • Coyotes are not considered pack animals like wolves. Coyotes are very social and often gather to enjoy a good barking and howling session in the early morning, late afternoon, and at night.  They are most often seen solitary and not traveling in a group like wolves do. It is important to note some researchers consider a pack to consist of 3 or more coyotes. “There is no known “social structure” above the family within any coyote population. The occurrence of alpha and beta males is hypothetical at best.” (HT Gier, The Wild Canids, Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution, Edited by MW Fox)


  • Coyote mate for life?  This is an unproven theory. We have not found peer reviewed reports or studies that verified coyotes as dedicated monogamists. Project Coyote claims are speculation at best.  Instead, we have found studies which explain coyotes are not dedicated to one mate: “Extra-pair copulations (coyote cheating) have been discovered in every canid mating system that has been investigated genetically, regardless that social monogamy was the observed norm.” (C A Hennessy, J Dubach, S D Gehrt Long-term pair bonding and genetic evidence for monogamy among urban coyotes 2012) and (Sillero-Zubiri et al. 1996)


  • Lethal removal of coyotes is not effective? Not true. It has long been recognized that removal of a single coyote from an area can stop depredation. (Sampson and Nagel, 1948 Gier, 1968) 


  • Coyotes mourn the loss of a fellow pack member?  This appears to be taken from studies on wolves and not coyotes.  Since coyotes are not pack animals this claim is not supported by fact.  It is important to note again that to some researchers a pack is 3 or more coyotes.  No coyotes have been interviewed, filmed, or photographed that actually show that they are in morning over the loss of a fellow coyote.


  • Coyote attacks on humans are rare?  Not at all.  Coyote attacks happen all the time and have been an increasing problem over the last several years. Download the study HERE


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