Coyote is the name of an enterprise related to the coyote and wild canids such as the wolves and foxes. There is a vast interest in dogs, both wild and domestic, by US citizens. There are some 57 million dog pets. This enterprise concentrates on the wild dogs, the coyotes and foxes of the region, and then others in the dog family elsewhere worldwide. The Dogs Group concentrates on pet, domestic, and hunting dogs. Like The Owls Group, the enterprise is devoted to superior population management, to studies, and to increasing net benefits from the canid resource.
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See Predator Control for Sustainable and Organic Livestock Production and The Pest Force files and the proposed Pest Force group.
The activities, similar to the other enterprises associated with Nature Folks,overlap those in agricultural and livestock groups and include:
Coyote can be a powerful resource of the region and major contributions can be made by it to the resource base of Rural System. The Rural System 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 may 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 Rural System 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 The Goat System. It will relate to the food management of owls, of interest to those people in The Owls Group. Research grants will be sought.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 2, 2005