HELPING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHY NOT TO HAVE COYOTES AS PETS
I have lived with and handled wild animals all my life. I have studied coyotes most of it. I have admired their free spirits and committed myself to preserving that spirit. There are many coyote stories that I'd like to share, hoping that others may understand that spirit.
I do not advocate people owning a coyote as a pet. There are extreme circumstances where this might be an answer. One came into my life 17 years ago and I will tell you that story and give the background of this story later.
First of all, I have to say that I admire and envy Shreve Stockton and her web page, http://www.dailycoyote.net/ . We do communicate and share information. She has such a special circumstance and talent that everyone should admire and envy. We can enjoy her stories and beautiful photographs and anticipate her books. This does not mean that everyone can have the experience that she is so lucky to have. She is in the right place, has the right guidence, circumstances and the personality to raise a coyote.
To define these points: She lives in a remote area with miles of open land around her. She keeps her location private. She lives alone. There aren't childern around. She does not own a coyote because she thinks it's cool. She rescued a coyote. She did not go looking for one to own, it came to her. She loves the spirit as much as we all should.
If you love something that much you look out for it. If you envy her experience then let her share it with you. Don't try to go out and get a coyote. They certainly aren't good pets. You don't own them, they own you.
On average coyotes live to about 6 years old.
They roam a home range of six to 42 square miles. Coyotes primarily dine on small mammals, such as mice, voles and ground squirrels, but will also kill young deer, elk and feed on carrion.
An average of five to seven pups are born in dens in May. Coyotes in Yellowstone National Park live and hunt in packs of from six to seven animals.
In Yellowstone, reintroduced wolves killed an estimated 30 to 50 percent of the park’s coyotes in the 1990s. Yet in eastern Canada, the animals are believed to have interbred and are responsible for a larger-sized coyote that now inhabits the Northeast.