Save "Cliff" The Coyote
This campaign has been created in conjunction with Dr. Numi Mitchell, the head of the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. The money will be used to tranquilize and transport the Coyote to a zoo in Massachusetts. Members of the Newport and Middletown Councils have pledged to use this situation to raise awareness on this issue but also to pass legislation that will ultimately reduce the population of coyotes on Aquidneck Island. I'd like to thank everyone in advance for your generous contribution.
UPDATE: We are in talks with the Buttonwood Zoo and they have expressed interest in taking in Cliff pending certain contingencies. I've been told that DEM is working with Buttonwood and the Narraganset Coyote Project to come to a resolution on this matter and provide Cliff with a home. I will keep everyone posted on any new details.
I'm thrilled to see a go find me account is already made. I've been talking to many organizations. I have a few that will take him. A great organization out in CA that will raise him with packs and they have lots of acres for him to live in a natural wild environment. A zoo is not the best fit for him. But neither is shot to the head. The place is called Lockwood Animal Rescue. But we would need to raise money to get him there.
My thoughts are this.. while a zoo may not be 100% the right choice, you have to consider the fact that this coyote has been being fed by humans for a very long time. 95% of his diet is human food/provided by humans. He technically IS a wild animal.. but I'm not sure how capable he would be hunting for his own food anymore. He is barely a year old, and has been fed most of his life. If we relocated him somewhere that he was not getting fed, he would most likely not survive. It's sad, I know.. but this is what happens when you feed wild animals. They become dependent on humans. I must rather see him go to a zoo, than get shot or starve to death.
Don't condemn this poor animal to prison - he is a wild animal deserving of freedom. Behind bars he will suffer as all wild-born animals do. Rehabilitate him. That is the only alternative to death. Allow a wildlife rehabilitation center, expert in reversing habituation, to take him on for a few months. During that time, address the cause - people feeding wildlife! 1) Strengthen ordinances prohibiting the feeding of wildlife, deliberately or through negligent behavior, then ENFORCE THE LAW! 2) Prepare for Cliff's return a) organize neighborhood watch programs b) organize, prepare and train coyote hazing teams (with Law Enforcement involved) This is the only chance for this coyote to live the wild life it deserves, and it would be a huge step in the right direction. Yes, it calls for work and dedication, but this dog deserves it. If you have compassion for "Cliff", don't condemn him to imprisonment for the rest of his life. A clean death would be kinder. Rebecca Dmytryk Wildlife Emergency Services Humane Wildlife Control
Please tell us more about the "zoo." Is it a traditional zoo with animals behind bars, or more of a sanctuary? It is not enough to save his life only to imprison him and cause him a new life of suffering in an enclosure. Let us remember Harambe, another beautiful animal who lost his life due to human arrogance. Animals do not belong in cages. There must be a better solution.
I agree that a "zoo" is questionable for a long-term solution. It is necessary that this animal be placed in an appropriate wild area or a sanctuary that approximates a wild area to, as Rebecca Dmytryk indicates, reverse its habituation to human contact. I am donating in order to save this innocent animal's life and in the expectation that a zoo is not the final answer.
When will the donations be accepted? My donation hasnt been deducted from my account yet.
Nevermind. all is good.
What is happening with this money since Cliff has been captured?
Reduce the population, how?
To those opposed to him being taken to a zoo- please keep in mind that while animals like Cliff do not belong behind "bars", the point of this was the prevent him from being euthanized. We are indeed saving his life, and that is something to be grateful for, regardless of where he is going. The zoo that I heard he was going to (but I am not 100% sure) is also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They are required to maintain a certain standard to ensure these animals are well taken care of and safe. I wish Cliff all the best, and thank you to everyone who has donated!
What kills me is the money the government wastes on other things and they cant move this animal for free??
People donating to a cause that may not even happen...
While I am sure a zoo to many is not the right solution However I feel ANY solution that stops him from being euthanized is fine with me. Cliff is a beautiful creature who deserves a chance at life.
he deserves his freedom in safe way not locked up behing bars he is wild animal but in different way he needs to be somewhere he can join a pack in safe place ..but if putting him in zoo is the only choice aleast it is safe til they find another home ....