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  • Project Coyote
    Project Coyote promotes educated coexistence between people and coyotes by championing progressive management policies and fostering respect for and understanding of America's native wild "song dog." Eastern Coyote Institute is not affilitated in any way with Project Coyote.
  • What Can You Do Right Now to Stop this Abuse?
    Many people are asking the Eastern Coyote Institute how they can stop the sadistic abuse of our wildlife. Here is how: Write to the people below and tell them you want hunting coyotes with dogs in New York stopped, bag limits imposed on fox, coyote and crows and relaying dogs chasing coyotes stopped effective immediately. It will just take a few minutes. Write: Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, Chair, Environmental Conservation Committee, NYS Assembly, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248 Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver,c/o Dean Fuleihan, NYS Assembly, State Capitol Bldg. Albany , NY 12248 Terri Kleinman and David Lenahan, NYS Assembly Program an d Counsel, room 520, State Capitol Bldg. AlbanyNY 12248 Senator Antoine Thompson, Chairman, Senate Env. Cons. Committee, NYS Senate, LOB, Albany NY 12247 Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, NYS Senate, LOB, Alba. NY 12247 Governor Paterson, c/o Judith Enck, Executive Chamber, State Capitol, Albany NY 12224
  • Predator Defense Organization
  • An Important Letter about Coyotes from Robert Crabtree
    This letter by one of the leading coyote biologists in the world explains why killing coyotes does not control their population
  • Is Man Supposed to Control Predator Populations?
    No. Man has really screwed up a lot of balances in ecosystems! A predators role is to control prey populations, and that is important so that prey don't over graze land and destroy their own food sources. Predators aren't supposed to control other predators, Nature doesn't work that way. Man has quite an ego and has misunderstood and abused his of "dominion over animals" . No doubt, his "dominion over animals" should be taken away.
  • Did Biologists Release Cougars to Control the Coyote Population?
    No. C'Mon, do you really believe this stuff? A little knowledge of cougar and coyote biology as well as Federal Law will answer this one for you. Cougars have no interest in killing coyotes, and in fact are easily treed by any member of the canine species. Any legitimate (the key word here) cougar sightings are no doubt the occasional released exotic pet.
  • Were Coyotes deliberately released in the Eastern States?
    NO. Some people actually believe that the conservation agencies stocked coyotes in the Eastern states to control the deer population. We already know that coyotes can not control the deer population and there are more deer and turkey than ever, so why would they have to? Coyotes naturally expanded their range, coming into New England through Maine and New York. they have been around isnce at least the early 1920's. Some scientists believe they have been here all along, since remains have been found in certain archeological finds.
  • Will Coyotes Cause Prey Species to Become Extinct?
    NO. A smart predator would NEVER kill all his prey. Coyotes are a smart predator and have never been ersponsible for killing oof a species. Man however, is a different story. Since Man has walked the earth, they have directly caused the extinction and extirpation of millions of species of plants and animals.
  • Do Coyotes Kill Domestic Cats and Dogs?
    Sure. So do cars, diseases, neighbors guns, owls, domestic dogs, poisons, traps, snares and over crowded shelters. If you allow your cats and dogs to roam freely something bad IS going to happen to them. Dogs and Cats kill plenty of wildlife on their own too. It is easy to blame the coyotes when your pet comes up missing, but face the facts here. Keep your animals near you and in the home and they will live a long healthy life.
  • Do Coyotes Control Deer Populations?
    Not according to Deer Biologists. Ken Koerth, noted deer biologist is quoted in Whitetail Magazine as saying that "coyotes normally can't control deer populations on their own". Many deer hunters are disappointed when they return home empty handed and find it easier to blame coyotes than themselves. Ask the home owners in the suburbs if there are not enough deer... Ask the Auto Insurance Agents what they think too...
  • What are the Coyote Bite and Death Statistics
    Did you know that there are only two human deaths attributed to a coyote attack in recorded history? The latest death of a young musician is still being investigated. Compare to the 15 - 20 deaths per year attributed to domestic dog attacks. Coyote bites that require hospitalization are extremely rare and of course, newsworth because of their rarity. Compare this to the roughly 1,000 domestic dog bites per day treated in USA emergency rooms! Coyote attacks are clearly not a realistic threat- but domestic dog attacks ARE. Nearly all coyote attacks can be attributed to humans feeding coyotes, either knowlingly, or through carelessness. Don't feed the coyotes.
  • Do Coyotes Decrease Turkey Populations?
    NO. Disease can wipe out an entire flock of birds. Coyotes prey on the slowest, weakest birds. It is these birds that are likely coming down with a virus that could potentially wipe out the entire flock. Studies show that the Wild Turkey Population in New England is larger and stronger than ever - Thanks to coyotes!
  • Does Killing Coyotes Control Their Population?
    FACT: NO! Did you know that when coyotes are killed it stimulates population growth through larger litters, stronger pups and more breeding females in an area? The only thing that controls the population of coyotes is the amount of available prey. Hunting and trapping causes MORE coyotes the following year!

Coyotes in Nature

  • Beautiful Coyote
    Learn how coyotes fill an important niche in nature. The more correct information you learn, the more you will appreciate this beautiful animal.

Coyotes Used as Live Bait

  • A Closer Look
    Know what is really happening out there and learn how inhumane coyote hunting with dogs is.

Cruelty in the Woods

  • Coyote run to exhaustion is cornered
    How does a coyote hunt really work? Learn what the hunters don't want you to know about this recreational activity

Quotes and Pics from the Hunters

  • Slowed down with a front leg shot
    Read some descriptions of the hunts right from the hunters themselves. Each quote is exactly as written, the names (and their dogs names) have been "X" ed out to protect their identities..

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February 28, 2009


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Ricky Moore

So you think it is cruel to kill a coyote with greyhounds, what about hunting deer with dogs, hunting hogs with dogs, What about that. Unless you have been coyote hunting with greyhounds you don't have any idea what it is like. I have greyhounds and I hunt coyotes in Oklahoma. My dogs have never mulated a coyote, never torn it's head off, matter of fact you can't even tell it was killed by a dog, but you say it is OK to shot coyotes it is still killing. The race the excitement of the dogs running not the kill that is what coyoter hunting with greyhounds is about. You people should come here
sometime in the fall and winter go coyote huting one time you will see for yourself. The coyote is a smart anamial and there are time they dont get cought. So untill you know all the facts or have been hunting with greyhounds dont say it is cruel it is not at all like dog fighting. what is cruel is the way Racing greyhounds are kept in a small crate day after day, only get to chase a fake rabbit, there were bread to hunt and catch what they chase

Note to Ricky from The Institute: Maybe you should have spent more time in the classroom learning to write and spell than outside killing animals. Maybe then you would have a decent job and not all this free time while you are living off our taxes


i am coyote hunter and i use dogs for this. I think it is a shame you people are throwing a fit over this deal. this is a sport, like deer hunting, or traping. why don,t you all just let it go. ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE NEVER HERD SUCH CRY BABYING IN MY LIFE. GET A LIFE AND LEAVE US HUNTERS ALONE.


one last thing. you base your idea that coyotes dont effect deer populations based on one deer researcher. i live in WI. our deer populations have dropped dramatically. however the deer management team thinks the populations are fine. the kill this year is way way way down. they gave so many tags out the prior years that you could harvest as many deer as you wanted depending on the zones. now they are at risk of being replaced by a new team. i work for a game farm, an upland bird hunting reserve. we release thousands of pheasants,chukars,and hungarian partridge of those only a third are shot the majority of the remainder are killed by coyotes. i have seen first hand coyotes carrying fawn heads on multiple occasions. they do effect the balance. we had sharpshooters come in and kill deer by the hundreds do to overpopulation and car accidents over five years ago. they have never come back. we have many many packs of coyotes and they have come to the point of not coming into the calls because they are educated and know what we are up to. they have timed out when we leave and know to leave the area before our schedueled time to arrive. in one night they can kill 25 pheasants in the field, eating until to the point of killing just for practice or play. the carcasses will have no head and the all the guts except for the stomach will be gone with the breast and meat intact. this shows that they will eat until full and continue to hunt regardless of appetite. i know they are coyotes because of all their tracks around the carcasses

*Note from Coyote Institute: Oh my, what did nature do before man came along to "manage" everything? Coyotes are doing what a good predator is supposed to do. Anyone who thinks otherwise is the "Bambi Hugger" that you accuse others of being. We believe in and understand the natural predator / prey relationship. The same people who condemn coyotes for "killing all the deer and fawns" are the same ones who are saying that they must go out and control the deer population or the poor deer will starve. We were going to save you the embarrassment of publishing stupid comments from the hunters, but then decided, what the heck, lets let the public see the mentality of the guys out there with the guns and dogs.

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