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Coyote of the Nature Folks

Coyote is the name of an enterprise related to the coyote and wild canids, such as wolves and foxes. There is a vast interest in dogs by US citizens. There are some 57 million dog pets. Like the Owl Group, the enterprise is devoted to superior population management, to studies, and to increasing net benefits from the canid resource.

The activities, similar to the other enterprises associated with Nature Folks, include:

  1. Newsletter and web site connections
  2. Membership
  3. Field observation trips
  4. Photo opportunities
  5. Use of predator calls
  6. Use of electronic calls
  7. Publications - life history
  8. Publications - pest damage management
  9. Night call-up trips
  10. Memorials and honoraria
  11. Use of night-vision equipment
  12. Tours to see the canids of the U.S., and also the world
  13. Links to special projects such as one for the woodchuck.

The coyote can be a powerful resource of the region and major contributions can be made by it to the resource base of Lasting Forests. The Lasting Forest concept includes that of net benefits and the coyote represents potential losses in the deer populations, and several other system components. The losses are present among deer, game and avian resources, and livestock. Seeing and hearing coyotes is part of the outdoor experience. They can reach unregulated, high numbers and therewith impinge upon other resources.

This enterprise will take night-time truck and bus tours for guests into the wilds. They will hear and experience the coyotes and foxes. Binoculars, telescopes, and night-vision equipment will augment the views. Entertainment and education will typically cap off an exciting evening especially designed for tour groups. Memberships will be arranged; research encouraged; and potentially major advances made in ecosystem principles by a concentration on this top predator. Occasional conferences will be held. Visits will be coordinated with other Lasting Forests events.

Resolving the role of the coyote is unlikely. It now spreads into the East, opening new opportunities for Coyote chapters around the U.S. It will be a major topic of the Pest Force, and a future Goatherd (being studied). It will relate to the food management of owls, of interest to those people in the Owls Group.

(Potential grant: Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund(SDCBF). additional information and instructions, a list of last year's winners (including project titles), go to http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org and click on the Conservation tab at the top of the page. Awards are made each year, in September; proposals for this year's award are due May 31, 2002. )

Estimated Costs...................$60,000

Estimated Annual Income 1000 members and tours... $90,000

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