1. Support Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research by donating here:
Please consider donating to ECR to help support my research on this misunderstood animal. If you feel uncomfortable donating online, then please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can provide you with a postal address. Another great way to support my work (and to get something in return) is to go to my store page and purchase my books. Thanks in advance.
2. March 11, 2013. Support a Carnivore Conservation Act for MA. Visit this link to learn more. I helped co-write this potential legislation.
3. March 18, 2013. Abolish the varmint classification for species including coyotes. A very worthy petition that most people, certainly including the majority of hunters, should be able to agree upon. It just requires a simple log-in and then signature.
4. Help create more Eastern National Parks to facilitate Wildlife Watching and preservation (read here). It is imperative that you email/call the following people (below) to get this to happen. We can make a difference but you need to act to make it happen. There is a sample letter at the bottom of the letter to create Eastern National Parks. Simply highlight that and copy and paste it to the following people (or contact your Senators and local Reps if not from Massachusetts). It really is very simple to do:
To write a letter to the President click here (for subject click Policy comment, then click Environmental Issue), to the Interior secretary click here (email: email@example.com), to contact Senator John Kerry (MA) click here and Senator Scott Brown (MA) click here. In my opinion, the Obama Administration has not lived up to their bargain of conservation and using science ahead of politics. The administration could redeem themselves to a degree if they read this letter (which I sent them) and create these new national parks here in the East: Cape Cod National Park (using public land in the town of Barnstable), Maine Woods National Park, and White Mountains National Park (centered around the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire – currently a National Forest).
5. Help create a Wildlife Watching area in the town of Barnstable. It is important to stess that this is not an anti-hunting request. Rather it is a request for democracy, for non-hunters to have a place to watch wildlife that isn’t in danger of getting shot. For instance, in MA in 2006, 73,000 people hunted and generated $71 Million toward the economy while 1,919,000 people wildlife watched, generating a staggering $755 M to the state (http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/fhw06-ma.pdf). However, there are currently no designed wildlife watching areas in Massachusetts except for smaller private settings. I argue for a fairly large, ecosystem-sized area dedicated to wildlife – like my hometown of Barnstable. I also argue that (above) in creating more Eastern National Parks.
Past testimony in support of a wildlife watching area (Feel free to use this letter with minor changes to send to the people below):
“I am writing to support of the establishment of a Wildlife Watching area in the town of Barnstable, proposed by Dr. Jonathan Way of Eastern Coyote Research and supported by the Humane Society of the United States among other organizations. I believe this idea has great merit, particularly in a place like Barnstable that clearly could benefit in the promotion and subsequent economic revenue such an area could provide. Increasingly states and local jurisdictions are recognizing that there is a large untapped revenue source through the growing number of Americans who partake in wildlife watching each year and are seeking areas to protect and promote such areas for this purpose. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 30% of Massachusetts residents participate in wildlife watching activities (including outdoor hiking, photography, and, wildlife viewing) contributing $755 million to the economy, while fewer than 1% hunt (and far fewer trap).In addition to potentially generating additional revenue for Barnstable, the creation of a wildlife watching area would provided needed protective zones for wildlife. Wildlife need protective zones where they are not pursued by trappers and hunters. Ecologically, such areas serve as sanctuaries where wild animals can den and raise young, which in turn helps to provide additional wildlife watching opportunities. Coyotes are an increasingly popular species to view and study, and Dr. Way’s studies in the Cape Cod area have certainly served to generate more interest in this species locally and statewide. Coyotes are just one species that would provide additional wildlife watching opportunities in a protected area within Barnstable.
I look forward to hearing from you about Barnstable’s consideration of establishing a protected wildlife watching area within the township.”
6. See my “Open letter to Governor Patrick about Coyote/Wildlife Management“. Note: I never received a response from the Governor. I am not sure if he cares to get involved in this mess called wildlife management. But feel free to write in and voice your own concerns.