Scientific Wildlife Management, its research, information and training, and this website are a direct result of Dave, Rob and Zendal putting their minds together knowing that the coyote of today is a much different animal than it was even 10 years ago. The publics perception of an animal than can co-exist with humans, in major cities and developed areas, and have no issues or conflicts with humans, is an image portrayed by anti-hunters and animal activists. The image portrayed is a far cry from what is actually happening in rural and urban areas across America. Nature is not a fairy tale where every living thing lives in harmony with all others, the true ways of nature is a very different reality altogether. Diseases wipe out entire populations of animals in some areas and animals kill and eat other animals every day in the real world.
Coyotes and other animals have become very adept at living in close proximity to humans, using their homes and buildings for shelter, eating the food put out for pets, threatening and killing dogs, cats, and other small creatures, even attacking people in developed america. As the wolf was in the 18th and 19th century, the coyote is now the dominant predator in most of America, his only real threat coming from autos, wolves and humans.
This website is designed to shed some light on predatory and nuisance animals, focusing on coyotes, but also raccoons, skunks, foxes, beavers, muskrats, and other animals that are thriving right alongside the public, in their homes, garages, in the waterways, empty lots and abandoned buildings in every community in the nation.
Todays coyote has become the new 21st century wolf, thriving in both urban and rural parts of America, harassing and killing sheep and calves in rural areas and killing and eating pets in cities and suburbs. Not only can the coyote of today live alongside humans, its thriving and becoming more and more aggressive and problematic. Coyotes habituated to humans without the threat of danger become brazen and unafraid, leading to attacks on pets and even humans.
SWM and the project of trapping and snaring coyotes to study travel and home range, daily activities, and impact on the publics daily life, will honestly show the effects of foot traps and snares to capture urban and rural coyotes. Once caught, the animals will be examined, collared and released. The collars will allow SWM to track and follow the animals during their travels, mapping their interaction with major man made travel routes and humans in general. We believe the study will truly show how these modern day predators are able to live right alongside people in small towns, major cities, suburbs and rural areas, feeding and rearing young in almost every community.
Along with studying the animal behavior, this project will also truly show the effect traps and snares have on the animals. The long time public perception of hunters and trappers being heartless will finally be exposed, for they are the true ambassadors of wildlife. The money spent by hunters and trappers directly helps wildlife agencies and wildlife and their paying for gas, food and lodging across America improves the bottom line for countless small businesses.
Hunters and trappers do everything possible to humanely dispatch wildlife or securely hold without pain and suffering. They strive to improve equipment and try new methods to reduce and eliminate discomfort to the animals. Controlling the animal populations helps control disease spread from animal to animal, to pets and even humans. Animals compete directly with the human race for space to live, and as the human population keeps growing, less space is left for the animals, resulting in more and more animal / human conflicts.
Every step of the project will be filmed, edited and placed on this site, for the public and public officials to follow. Once the tracking collars are on coyotes, the video and tracking pages of this site will allow viewers to follow along as the animals are tracked daily as they travel and live alongside mankind. With the help of several agencies and organizations, the project will be put into a presentation and taken into urban schools, and the next generation of adults will be exposed to wildlife and learn that hunters and trappers have a place in modern society, that they care deeply for the welfare of all animals, are not cruel and inhumane, and that some animals must be removed to allow humans and their pets to live and be safe in their communities.
Over the course of the next few years, the coyote will definitely become more of a nuisance in peoples lives, and SWM will be in the forefront of studying, teaching and training, and learning to control the new 21st century wolf.