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Project Coyote promotes educated coexistence between people and coyotes; we do this by championing progressive management policies that reduce human-coyote conflict, supporting innovative scientific research, and by fostering respect for and understanding of America's native wild "song dog."
We believe coyotes are a vital component of rural and urban communities, deserving of respect for their adaptability, resilience, and intelligence. We aim to create a shift in attitudes toward coyotes and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding and appreciation.
Project Coyote is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet. All donations directly support Project Coyote and are tax-deductible. To make a secure online donation and learn about other ways to support Project Coyote click here.
Camilla H. Fox, MA - Founder & Executive Director
As the Executive Director of Project Coyote and a wildlife consultant, Camilla assists communities, agencies, wildlife managers, and non-governmental organizations in creating innovative solutions to help people and wildlife coexist. A frequent speaker on these issues, Camilla has authored more than 60 publications and is co-author of Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore and co-editor and lead author of the book, Cull of the Wild: A Contemporary Analysis of Trapping in the United States. Her work on behalf of wildlife has been featured in several national and international media outlets including the German documentary, Coyote: The Hunted Hunter, two North American documentaries: American Coyote- Still Wild at Heart, and On Nature’s Terms, as well as The New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Orion, USA Today magazine, and Bay Nature magazine.
Camilla holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Wildlife Conservation, Policy, and Ecology from Prescott College and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University where she graduated magna cum laude in 1991. She has served as an appointed member on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and currently serves on several national and local advisory boards. In 2006, Camilla received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Marin Humane Society and the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award from the Animal Welfare Institute.
Gina Farr - Environmental Educator & Communications Advisor
Gina brings her considerable skills and talents to Project Coyote from the for-profit world. During her 30 years as a consultant and corporate professional, she co-managed the Corporate Trust Department for the Bank of America; designed products for Charles Schwab and Stanford University; and created the decision model for the development of affordable housing in Sonoma County, CA.
Gina's passion is for wildlife and wild places. She is an experienced wildlife rehabilitator, is medically trained as a Wilderness First Responder, and is an accomplished audio naturalist. She serves on the board of the Nature Sounds Society, is a sought after public speaker, and trains environmental advocates in effective communications for the Environmental Forum of Marin.
Ashley DeLaup, MS - Colorado Representative & Wildlife Ecologist/Coyote Specialist
While in Denver, Ashley developed a proactive hazing and education program that has become a model for coexistence planning. She is dedicated to empowering communities with the tools, information, and resources to support sustainable ecosystems that include the needs of both people and wildlife. As Project Coyote's Colorado Representative, Ashley works with communities to help promote coexistence and understanding of North America's native Song Dog.
Stacey Evans is a recognized leader in the animal protection field, as well as an attorney and legislative counsel in Washington, D.C. Stacey is a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's (TIPS) Animal Law Committee. Stacey also chairs the Animal Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). Prior to that role, she chaired the legislative subcommittee of the MSBA Animal Law Section, where she successfully advocated for animal legislation.
Stacey writes and speaks on a variety of animal related issues including legislation, policy, and laws impacting wildlife and companion animals. Her work on behalf of animals has been featured in major national media outlets including NPR that interviewed her on the dissent in the highly publicized Maryland Court of Appeals case impacting pit bull-type dogs in Maryland, Tracey v. Solesky. Her work on the coyote/fox penning issue with Project Coyote has been published in the ABA-TIPS-Animal Law Committee Newsletter.
Stacey earned her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and her bachelor's degree from George Mason University. Her interest in proactively promoting coexistence between people and canids grew out of her experience rescuing and adopting her American Eskimo dog, Louis Luigi who is the love of her life. She works with Project Coyote on legislative and policy strategies.
Randi Feilich - Southern California Representative
Randi initiated the successful ban on city funds being used for trapping coyotes in her community - the city of Calabasas, California. Working with Project Coyote, the city adopted a proactive and humane Coyote Management Plan and Educational Outreach Program, shifting the focus from killing to an emphasis on education and the reduction of wildlife attractants.
Randi believes that concerned citizens can speak up and make changes in local policy that protect wildlife. As Project Coyote's Southern CaliforniaRepresentative, Randi coordinates community efforts that promote compassionate coexistence between people and coyotes and empowers citizens and policy makers to implement proactive change for America's native Song Dog.
John Maguranis - Massachusetts Representative
John's love for the environment, wildlife, and ecology has driven him to become a strong advocate for America's Song Dog and conservation issues. He has worked collaboratively with many organizations and researchers throughout New England on policy related issues and field research while advocating for better treatment of coyotes and all wildlife. John's passion and engaging personality have been instrumental in helping to foster educated coexistence and compassionate conservation throughout New England. His ability to distill information from scientists, researchers and biologists and present it in a way that is meaningful and memorable has earned him recognition throughout the North East.
Judy Paulsen - New Mexico Representative
She was shocked to learn that retired greyhound racers are often handed off to hunters for chasing and killing rabbits and coyotes. Her efforts to bring attention to this cruel practice have been featured in national media outlets including the New York Times.
Living in New Mexico, Paulsen encounters anti-coyote/predator sentiment and believes that education is critical and policy change is necessary to shift the way coyotes are viewed and treated in the West. She works to promote Project Coyote's "Coyote Friendly Communities" program and to raise awareness about the important ecological role that coyotes play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. She is also actively involved in efforts to prohibit coyote killing contests in her home state.
Judy's love for all things canine and her belief that the abuse perpetrated against greyhounds parallels the abuse perpetrated against their wild cousins fuels her passion to make this a better world for all canids- domestic and wild.
In her spare time Judy photographs coyotes and collects and analyzes their scat. Her work in the medical field for 23 years and her love of analytics, scatology, tracking and animal behavior "has created in me an ardent pursuit of facts to help others appreciate the importance in preserving the balance of nature."
Becky Bailey Pomponio - Florida & Virginia Representative
Becky became interested in the plight of America’s native song dogs, upon hearing them nightly in the woods surrounding her home in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and has studied them extensively. She helps Project Coyote in its political and public outreach strategy as well as on state campaigns. Becky divides her time between Florida and Virginia, after her long career in media and public affairs in Washington D.C.
Chris Schadler, MS, MA - New Hampshire & Vermont Representative & Wild Canid Ecologist
Beginning in the early 1990's, Chris taught Conservation Issues and Wolf Ecology at the University of New Hampshire, receiving many teaching excellence and student recognition awards. She continues to instruct and mentor adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.
While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris' attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies. Using sound livestock management and common sense, she has avoided any predation for nearly two decades. A peaceful co-existence between coyote and livestock has grown an attentive audience for humane management.
Chris continues her work of the last 30 years. She divides her time between teaching on the New Hampshire Seacoast, and working on her book "Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England". Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire tracking coyotes, howling for wolves or leading treks into Canada to study wild canids.
Shelley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary,Canada. She has conducted field carnivore research in the Canadian Rockies since 1990, and worked briefly with captive wolves and coyotes at Dalhousie University's Animal Research Station in Nova Scotia. There, she also collaborated with Acadia University researchers studying non-lethal deterrents to coyote depredation on sheep.
In 2002, Shelley completed her Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, examining highway traffic effects on 13 species (including coyotes and wolves). The research identified optimal sites for placing wildlife crossing structures along the Trans-Canada Highway.
Shelley established the Calgary Coyote Project in 2005, which has examined coyote diet relative to perceived conflict, urban and rural diet and parasitism, print media portrayal of coyote interactions with people and pets (1998-2010), and spearheaded the on-line, Living with Coyotes. Shelley's research currently serves as the most comprehensive study of contemporary urban coyote issues in Canada.
Shelley's other research collaborations since 2001 have included: modeling swift fox critical habitat, studying road effects on large carnivores in the Yucatan, MX, and developing species-environment models with Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. Shelley enjoys time with her three dogs and is an avid horse-woman.
Marc Bekoff, PhD
Kim Murray Berger, PhD
Her 2006 paper, Carnivore-Livestock Conflicts: Effects of Subsidized Predator Control and Economic Correlates on the Sheep Industry was part of the basis for a recent petition encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the use of toxicants for predator control. Kim has done field work in Alaska, Norway, Argentina, Namibia, Mongolia, and Wyoming, and has studied species ranging from caribou, moose, pronghorn, and saiga antelope, to coyotes, wolves, and snow leopards. She completed her PhD at Utah State University where her research focused on the impact of wolves on coyote/pronghorn interactions and pronghorn fawn survival in southern Greater Yellowstone.
Bradley J. Bergstrom, PhD
A native of Chicago, Brad fostered his love of nature through the area's famous museums and zoos and frequent field excursions while pursuing his Eagle Scout. An avid and accomplished birder, Brad is a long-time member of the American Birding Association's "700 Club" and has birded all 50 states, most Canadian provinces, and 21 countries. He conducts breeding and wintering bird surveys for USGS, National Audubon Society, and the states of Florida and Georgia. He is also a long-time environmental activist, having served on numerous boards and steering committees for local, state, regional, and national environmental organizations. Brad is winner of the 1991 Special Achievement Award from the Georgia Environmental Council, and the 2012 American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) Presidential Special Award, for his work on wetlands conservation and mammalian species conservation, respectively.
Dr. Bergstrom has chaired the ASM Conservation Committee since 2007. As a result of his researching and shepherding policy positions for the Society during this time, he has developed a research interest in public policy related to conservation of rare, endangered and otherwise important species of mammals. His committee sponsored a public forum with four officials from USDA Wildlife Services in 2012 and a symposium on predator control in 2013, both of which seek to explore alternative wildlife management paradigms that will facilitate human-wildlife coexistence.
Jeremy Bruskotter, PhD
Dr. Bruskotter earned a M.S. from Utah State University in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Natural Resources Science and Management. He joined the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University as an assistant professor in 2007, where he is a member of the School's Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab - a partnership between the School and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Generally, Dr. Bruskotter's research is concerned with bringing the tools and techniques of the social sciences to bear on pressing issues in wildlife conservation and management. Current research efforts involve understanding and predicting attitudes and behaviors related to wildlife conservation, especially tolerance for large carnivores. Follow Jeremy's blog about wildlife policy.
Franz J. Camenzind, PhD
Dr. Camenzind is also well-respected wildlife cinematographer and has produced films for ABC, Turner Broadcasting and National Geographic and a film on coyotes for PBS-Nature. He was the first person to film giant pandas in the wilds of China. He has also produced films featuring wolves, grizzly bears, pronghorn antelope and black rhinos, and has filmed major segments on the California condor, black-footed ferret, and red wolf and Mexican gray wolf captive breeding programs.
Franz recently announced his retirement as the Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, a position he will have held for 13 years when his retirement takes effect in 2009. Previous to that he served as a board member for 13 years. He has also served on the boards of Keystone Conservation (Formerly, Predator Conservation Alliance), Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Wyoming Conservation Voters.
Robert (Bob) L. Crabtree, PhD
His seminal work on coyotes in central Washington (1984 thru 1988) and on Yellowstone's northern range (1989 thru 2009) formed the basis for a new understanding of coyote ecology and population demography. He has defined numerous mechanisms regarding the powerful demographic and behavioral response coyotes have to human exploitation and wolf impacts. From a scientist's viewpoint he has challenged the ecological and economic validity of indiscriminate killing of coyote (and carnivore) populations. He has also conducted studies on wolves, foxes, bears, felids, mustelids and raptors and has specialized in the analysis of long-term time-series data sets on many vertebrate species populations.
He began working on research projects in Yellowstone National Park immediately after the Great Fires of 1988. His primary focus at that time was predator-prey relations, population modeling, and carnivore behavior. Soon after becoming established in Yellowstone with a variety of ecological research projects, he founded YERC based on three pillars: (1) long-term research and monitoring, (2) large spatial scale landscape ecology, and (3) building collaborative partnerships with decision-makers. Increasing the role of science at the decision-making table and seeking innovative ways to bridge the gap between scientists and practitioners has been a primary concern in his career. This has led to his interest in spatio-temporal predictive modeling of species populations and ecological forecasting of communities. The bio-political atmosphere at Yellowstone along with his 4-year appointment with the Department of Energy in Washington has certainly molded his career track. He continues to strive to 'translate' the results of ecological research into informed decision-making and on-the-ground conservation action.
Bob's continued long term research in Yellowstone led to expansion into remote sensing applications in ecology to provide scientists and decisions makers access to landscape scale evaluations, ecosystem assessments, and important variables to understand change in species populations from climate and other environmental impacts. He also began parallel studies to understand the long-term effects of the wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone and has taken full advantage of similar natural and policy experiments such as land-use activities, fire, floods, drought, beetle kill, and extreme weather events - all with a 'systems' approach. He worked with colleagues at the University of Montana to design and form a new Systems Ecology graduate program. He has recently worked on developing Adaptive Impact Models (AIM) with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, has crafted over 50 MOUs and cooperative agreements with federal and state agencies, and obtained funding on 80 grants that have led to another 100+ publications on collaborative projects in Yellowstone and other benchmark ecosystems.
Michael W. Fox, PhD
In 1976, Dr. Fox chose to focus on advocating animal protection, rights and environmental conservation, and in continuing his avocation as a teacher and public speaker. Between 1976 and 2002 he served in various positions with the Humane Society of the United States, including Scientific Director and Vice President for Bioethics and Sustainable Agriculture. During this time he was a regular guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, and published two best-selling books, Understanding Your Dog and Understanding Your Cat.
Dr. Fox was chairman of the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on Applied Animal Ethology, and served on the NAS Committee on Laboratory Animal Care and Standards for Dogs and Cats. He was also a member of the Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology Task Force on Farm Animal Welfare, and was an advisor to the National Organics Standards Board on farm animal health, welfare, and humane, sustainable agriculture.
He has authored and edited over 40 books for adults and children, and has a widely read, nationally syndicated newspaper column (Animal Doctor with United Features Syndicate, NY). His regular monthly animal column in McCall’s magazine was the longest running column on animals in a U.S. magazine. Featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Technology, and Who’s Who in the World, Dr. Fox is a widely recognized expert, consultant and lecturer on animal awareness, emotions, rights, and well-being; on human- non-human bonds and rights philosophy; on bioethics, biotechnology, humane, sustainable agriculture, and holistic health.
His long-held basic premise that human health and well being are inseparable from animal health and welfare and environmental protection and conservation is now gaining international recognition as a bioethical imperative and prerequisite for a viable future. His websites: www.doctormwfox.org and drfoxvet.com/info/index.aspx
Keli Hendricks Keli attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she majored in Animal Science and was involved with the horse program. After college, she went on to work for some of the top trainers of cow horses in the country before turning professional herself in the mid 1990's. Keli trained and showed cutting, reining and cow horses for over 15 years and taught clinics that drew participants from as far away as Africa and Australia.
Keli and her husband, rancher Dean Spinelli, live and work on the 500 acre Bar C R Ranch in Petaluma, California. Dean has spent the last 20 years managing the cow calf operation for the ranch, which currently runs 300 head of mother cows. Coyotes, eagles, badgers and other wildlife peacefully share the pastures with the livestock on the Bar C R.
Recently retired from horse training, Keli is excited to have the time to give back, volunteering for Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and rehabilitating abused and neglected horses for the Sonoma Change Program, where she also sits on the board of directors.
A lifelong advocate for predators, Keli was often at odds with the lethal management practices she saw being used. She feels that it is time to replace long held fears with newer, better practices regarding our stewardship of the land and its wildlife inhabitants.
She is excited to work with Project Coyote and believes that ranchers and wildlife can learn to share the land without conflict.
David R. Parsons, MS
Dave’s interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and wildlands conservation at scales that fully support ecological and evolutionary processes. He is the vice-chairman and a science fellow of The Rewilding Institute (a conservation think tank) and is the Institute’s Carnivore Conservation Biologist. Dave was a graduate advisor in the Environmental Studies Master of Arts Program at Prescott College, Arizona from 2002-Spring 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and serves on several regional steering/advisory committees for organizations and coalitions advocating for wolf recovery and landscape-scale conservation in the Southwest.
In 2001, Dave was a co-recipient of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s annual “Professional Award.” In April 2007 at the North American Wolf Conference, Dave received the 2006 “Alpha Award” for his “outstanding professional achievement and leadership toward the recovery of Mexican wolves.” In May 2008 Dave received the “Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award” from the Wilburforce Foundation and the “Mike Seidman Memorial Award” from the Sky Island Alliance for his conservation achievements.
Dave is the owner of Parsons Biological Consulting, which provides technical services, information, and policy advice on matters relating to wildlife biology and ecology, and wildlife and wildlands conservation to conservation-minded clients. He enjoys wildlife viewing and wilderness backpacking and lives in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, Noralyn.
He worked as a biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service for many years. Now, he is Senior Ecologist with the Conservation Biology Institute and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, an international consultant and lecturer. Paul is a long-time fellow of World Wildlife Fund Canada. He was one of the architects of the World Wide Fund for Nature and European Union’s Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe. He is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, where he supervises graduate student research. He is a member of several government, industry, and NGO advisory committees concerned with the conservation of large carnivores.
Dr. Paquet has written more than 100 scientific articles and reports and published several books on the behaviour, ecology, and management of wolves. His current research focuses on conservation of large carnivores and effects of human activities on their survival.
Brad V. Purcell, PhD
Dr. Purcell currently holds an adjunct fellowship with the University of Western Sydney whilst teaching undergraduate students. He is an advisory member of the National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program and works with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute on research projects. Brad also represents his local community on sustainability and water quality monitoring advisory committees for his local government.
Hope is the recipient of many distinguished awards for her writings and work on behalf of coyotes and other wildlife including the Art and Literary Award 2002 from New York State Outdoor Education Association; the Outstanding Achievement Award from Augustana College; the Humane Excellence Award ASPCA; the Joseph Wood Krutch Award from the Humane Society of the United States; the Animal Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Animal Protection Institute of America ; the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Horse Protection Society; the Who's Who of American Women and the Who's Who in the East.
Michael Soulé, PhD
Michael was a founder and first President of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Project (also the current President). He has written and edited 9 books on biology, conservation biology, and the social and policy context of conservation. He has published more than 170 articles on population and evolutionary biology, fluctuating asymmetry, population genetics, island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy, nature conservation, and ethics. He continues to do research on ecosystem regulation by highly interactive species. He is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, is the sixth recipient of the Archie Carr Medal, was named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century, is a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s National Conservation Achievement Award for science, the recipient of the Conservation Medal for 2007 from the Zoological Society of San Diego and in the first class of recipients of The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award.
Now living in Colorado, Michael speaks and writes on ethics and conservation, and serves on the boards of several conservation organizations, including the Wildlands Network, and consults internationally on nature protection. He is completing a book about the origins and evolution of sin and how it can inform our understanding of human nature can guide conservation and related life-affirming movements. To read more about Michael’s work and publications, visit: www.michaelsoule.com.
Adrian Treves, PhD
In 2007, he founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adrian’s research focuses on how to balance human needs with wildlife conservation. To study this question, he explores people's conflicts with large carnivores, particularly livestock predation in the USA and abroad. This line of inquiry includes livestock husbandry, wildlife management, human and carnivore behavior, and methods for mitigating human-carnivore conflicts. In the field, he measures the behavior of problem carnivores using spatial predictive models and people's responses to and perceptions of conflicts. Adrian and his students conduct fieldwork in Wisconsin (wolves), Ecuador (Andean spectacled bears), and East Africa (lions and hyenas) with a variety of collaborators. For links to his recent research articles on carnivores, compensation, hunting, mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, and co-management, see www.nelson.wisc.edu/people/treves/Publications.htm
Weed is nationally recognized for her efforts in Predator Friendly ranching and was featured in Time Magazine in their series on "Heroes for the Planet" in 2000. As an outspoken proponent for human-predator coexistence, Weed advocates for dialogue with both consumers and producers through the Predator Friendly program.
Weed is trained as a geologist, and worked in that field for many years before becoming involved in agriculture. She has been involved with carnivore conservation issues for several years, and currently serves on the Board of the Wild Farm Alliance and the Conservation & Science Board of Lava Lake Land & Livestock, a very large Idaho ranch with a dual mission for conservation and economically viable ranching. She is a member of the Montana Board of Livestock.
Jennifer Wolch, PhD
Her research focuses on metropolitan sprawl, physical activity and urban design, urban environmental justice and political ecology, and society-animals relations. She has also investigated problems of urban poverty, homelessness, and human service delivery, and the evolution of state-civil society relations. With Jody Emel, she edited Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature/Culture Borderlands (Verso, 1998), and has published articles and book chapters on population diversity and attitudes toward animals, racialization and animal practices, and the place of animals in the city.
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