BOOK REVIEW: Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore

Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore

As America’s most persecuted carnivore, coyotes need all the help they can get. Thankfully, the Animal Protection Institute has stepped into the fray with this intelligent and well-cited guide.

The authors discuss the ways in which traditional management (which translates as “Shoot every one you see”) has failed dismally. Coyotes have thrived despite generations of persecution exactly because they are so prolific and adaptable. Despite the wholesale slaughter, the wild canines have only expanded their range. Clearly, there must be a smarter, better way.

The authors argue that coyotes are here to stay—and the only way to change coyote habits is to change our own. They outline a community approach to coyote problems, whether they occur on the farm or in the suburbs. The appendix lists coyote “management” strategies state-by-state; most boil down to open season year-round. It’s no surprise we have a problem.

This would be a good resource for wildlife officials or anyone hoping to make changes in the way their community deals with coyotes, as well as school and public libraries in coyote country.

(review originally appeared at goodreads.com)

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