Living With Coyote, a short documentary by Priya Shelly, follows generational sheepherders and urban biologists in the American West who share a common topic of concern: coyote presence.
With rural coyotes predating on lambs in the Rocky Mountain ranges and urban coyotes feasting on garbage, small pets and fruit trees in suburban/urban areas, killing the problem coyote seems like a great quick fix. Contrary to this belief, there is no simple solution.
Living With Coyote delves into the complexities of keeping our wild neighbors on the land that we share and raises awareness on the importance of human responsibility and stewardship. You can watch the 18-minute film here (http://www.priyashelly.com/livingwithcoyote/).
Coyotes Captured and Euthanized in Sandy Springs
This story on CBS46.com is a prime example of what we call a “vicious cycle of trapping and killing,” which we hope can be minimized or avoided with the help of public education and awareness.
There are better and more effective ways to address human-coyote conflict.
Read the comments on our Facebook page to see how these type of situations generate strong emotions among people.
Domesticated dogs and cats are not common prey items for coyotes. Coyotes are essentially omnivores who will eat just about anything, so there is usually an easier meal available than Fluffy or Fido. Nevertheless, pets can be at risk of predation by coyotes in certain instances (e.g., wandering too close to an active den site) and they are occasionally attacked. The CoyoteVest might be an option for some concerned pet owners. Californians Paul and Pam Mott developed CoyoteVest Pet Body Armor after their own dog was killed by a coyote. Check out their website at https://www.coyotevest.com/ for more information.