Innocent Coyotes


Lori Colt, Communications Director of WildEarth Guardians photographed these two charming coyotes near her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  WildEarth Guardians  does a spectacular job defending and protecting wildlife and their habitat in the American West.


Senate Bill 245, which would fund the killing of thousands of beautiful coyotes like these, has passed the Utah legislature and is now on the governor’s desk.  For more information and to write to Governor Herbert, click here.


Help Utah’s coyotes

Note:  Sadly, this bill has passed. Please see the comment at the end.

To help Utah’s coyotes, please ask Utah representatives to vote “No” on Senate Bill 245, the “Mule Deer Protection Act.”  This bill would allocate $750,000 so that a $50 bounty can be paid to hunters and trappers for each coyote killed. The previous bounty was $20.

The bounty is being increased in order to “protect mule deer.”  Senate Bill 245 will come up for a vote in the Utah House “in the next 36 hours” according to the website  of Wild Earth Guardians. It has already been passed in the Utah Senate.

Very few coyotes kill mule deer; they generally kill much smaller prey.  So this will cause great suffering to the coyotes, without helping the mule deer.  The reason for “protecting the mule deer” is so that there will be more deer available for hunters to kill.

Killing any innocent animals and placing a bounty on the head of a wild animal who has a natural right to life is wrong. But in any case, this bill will help no one—neither humans nor animals.

If you are a Utah resident, please take action at the site of Wild Earth Guardians:

Whether or not you are a Utah resident, you can send a polite email to Rep. Michael Noel, asking him to vote against Senate Bill 245.

You can contact other Utah State representatives here.

Thank you!

Photo: © Kengriffith /

India: An egret at Lake Pulicat

Praveen Raj spotted the Intermediate Egret above at the Lake Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, near Tada. The second largest brackish lake or lagoon in India, it straddles the Andhra Pradesh/Tamil Nadu border. The Pulicat Lake Bird Lovers Society is one of the organizations working to promote environmental awareness and protection for the lake which is under threat from the run-off from farms and factories.

Egrets and herons are very closely related and belong to the same family.  Egrets are generally white, often with black feet and legs and yellow bills, while herons exhibit a greater variety of colors.  Herons seek higher perches, and egrets prefer to stand in shallow water.

The pigeons and the egret in the third photo above were seen in Chennai, as was the rooster.

To learn more about the lake on a website put up by the Pulicat Lake Bird Lovers Society, click here.

To view more photos on Praveen Raj’s Facebook page, click here.

Photos: Courtesy of Praveen Raj, frozen through herbi lens.