Project Coyote

89,144 supporters

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 offers a variety of educational outreach programs; contact us at or visit our website at

Started 5 petitions

Petitioning CA Fish & Game Commission

Help Ensure California Adopts a Progressive, Humane Predator Policy

The California Fish and Game Commission ("Commission") is deliberating on the adoption of a predator policy that will provide the framework for how the state approaches predator conservation, stewardship, and management. Your voice is needed to help ensure that the policy adopted is progressive and humane, and recognizes the ecological, aesthetic, and intrinsic values of predators. Narrow interest groups are fighting strenuously to ensure that the term "humane" is not included in the policy, and that recreational hunting is included as an effective predator management method. The Commission is considering taking regulatory action on this issue and we need your support! WHAT YOU CAN DO: PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND LET THE COMMISSION KNOW THAT YOU VALUE CALIFORNIA'S PREDATORS! By signing, you will make it clear that you support a progressive predator policy that is based on the best available science, prioritizes non-lethal methods for conflict mitigation, and represents the majority of Californians, who believe our native carnivores should be treated humanely. After signing, please share this petition widely with friends, family, and colleagues. If you want to send your own personalized letter (supporting talking points listed below), you can email the Commission directly at (Please include your name, city, state, and zip; and also cc your letters to so we can track sent letters.)  The Commission will vote on the proposed predator policy at their April 19 meeting in Ventura, California. Join Project Coyote and allies at the meeting and make your voice heard in support of this petition (meeting details listed below). More information can be found here, and the meeting agenda, here (see Item 32: "Discuss and approve terrestrial predator policy"). Note that public testimony is limited to a few minutes. Another way you can help is to write letters to the editor (LTE) of your local paper about the issue. See our tips for writing LTEs here. THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING UP FOR WILDLIFE! ________________________________________________________________ Commission Meeting Details: What: California Fish and Game Commission meeting
 Where: Four Points by Sheraton
Ventura Harbor Resort,
 1050 Schooner Dr., Ventura, CA 93001 When: April 19, 2018 More info.: ******************************************************************************************* TO THE COMMISSIONERS, CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME: Dear Commissioners, I urge you to adopt a predator policy that is based on the best available science and that reflects the sentiments of most Californians, who believe our native carnivores should be treated humanely and with appreciation for the key role they play in maintaining ecological health and integrity. Inclusion of the word “humane” in California’s predator policy will ensure that any approved management policies are evaluated for welfare consequences, and are in line with current Fish and Game regulations and statutes that include the term “humane.” Non-lethal methods of conflict mitigation between carnivores and livestock should be prioritized in the state’s predator policy as well. This would not exclude the option of lethal methods, but would simply suggest that non-lethal options should be prioritized.

 I strongly oppose inclusion of the term “recreational take” as a listed method of wildlife management. Peer-reviewed science does not support the claim that recreational hunting or trapping effectively reduces livestock-predator conflicts or boosts ungulate populations. Inclusion of recreational take in the predator policy goes against the stated goal of modernizing predator management and contradicts current science. I commend the Commission and the Department for prioritizing adoption of a policy that will modernize California’s approach to predator conservation and stewardship and provide guidance to the state in balancing an ever-increasing human population's interface with the state’s native carnivores into the 21st century. Thank you for considering my comments on this important issue. Sincerely,  

Project Coyote
2,745 supporters
Petitioning California Fish & Game Commission

Stop Subsidizing CA Fur Trapping: Tell CA Fish & Game Commission to Comply with State Law

Petition by Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity A coalition of wildlife conservation groups successfully ended bobcat trapping in California in 2015. But the job was left undone: thousands of gray foxes, beavers, badgers, and other fur-bearing animals are still subject to cruel trapping for profit and recreation in California. It's come to light that the state's oversight of its trapping program does not comply with existing state law.  Join us in calling on the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) to comply with a never-enforced provision of California law. If implemented, it could mean the end of commercial fur trapping in the state. California law requires that the state's costs of managing a fur-trapping program must be fully recovered through trapping-license fees. But those fees cover only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of dollars the state spends on wardens, biologists, and administrators to oversee trapping. The Commission has never raised fees to cover these costs and instead has allowed an illegal taxpayer subsidy to prop up the industry. Absent that subsidy, fur trapping would likely no longer exist in the state. That commercial and recreational fur trapping is still even allowed at all in California is shocking to most, but the fact that state wildlife managers have been illegally subsidizing this barbaric and antiquated practice at taxpayer expense is simply outrageous and unacceptable.  BACKGROUND By law (Pavley - SB 1148), the Commission is required to adjust the fees charged for trapping licenses to cover all departmental costs. This law has been in effect for several years, but the Commission has not complied!   The Commission will soon be issuing trapping licenses for the 2016-2017 season, and yet the state issues these licenses in violation of the law. Trapping license fees do not cover the actual cost of implementing the state’s trapping program. The current cost of a trapping license is just $117, which is at least 15 times less than it should be to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of the fur-bearing and non-game mammal trapping program, based on publicly available information. Existing law requires that license fees be adjusted to cover the program costs of the Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in the management and implementation of the state’s trapping program.   What you can do: 1. The Commission is considering taking regulatory action on this issue and we need your support! Please sign this petition that will be delivered to the California Fish and Game Commissioners, and let them know that the illegal subsidy of trapping must end immediately, and that you support a ban on all commercial and recreational fur trapping in the state. After signing, please share this petition widely with friends, family, and colleagues. If you want to send your own personalized letter (see below for talking points) you can email the Commission directly at (Please also cc your letters to For more information about this issue, see our action alert and read our joint letter to the Commission on this issue here. 2. Join Project Coyote, the Center for Biological Diversity, and allies at the upcoming Fish and Game Commission meeting and make your voice heard in support of this petition. More information and the meeting agenda can be found here (public testimony is limited to a few minutes and should be delivered during the Public Forum, agenda item #4 on Feb. 8): What: California Fish and Game Commission Meeting
 When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 (agenda here) @ 8:30 a.m. Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Sonoma Wine Country, One DoubleTree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA More info.: 3. Help keep this issue in the public eye by submitting Letters to the Editor to your local paper(s). Use the talking points below and our tips and tools for writing LTE’s. Talking points (please personalize & be sure to include your complete contact information to ensure that your letter is counted in the official record): A Fish and Game Code provision was added with the passage of SB 1148 (Pavley) for the 2013-2014 trapping season that requires license fees be raised to cover program and implementation costs from fee-based programs. Yet the Commission has failed to comply with this straightforward requirement for four years now. We cannot stand for a fifth year of non-compliance. If the Commission cannot ensure that trapping license fees are raised to a level that would realistically cover the state’s trapping program implementation costs, the Commission should eliminate the fur-trapping program. Fewer than 100 Californians engage in commercial trapping for the fur trade. As public trustees of California's wildlife, the Commission should require licensing fees that are in line with the true cost incurred by this tiny minority of people who enjoy trapping animals for fun and profit. Project Coyote is a national coalition of scientists, educators, ranchers, and citizen leaders promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife. To learn more about our work, visit our website here and sign up for Project Coyote’s E-Team to stay apprised of this and other related issues. The Center for Biological Diversity’s mission is to secure a future for all species. To learn more about the Center and join us in this mission, visit us here. Thank you for taking action for California’s precious wildlife!  

Project Coyote
6,026 supporters
Petitioning California Fish and Game Commission

Support Ban on Bobcat Trapping in California

We have a unique opportunity to ban bobcat trapping in California but time is of the essence ~ We need YOUR help to make this happen!  Background: In 2013 California Governor Jerry Brown passed the Bobcat Protection Act which requires the California Fish and Game Commission to amend its regulations to prohibit trapping bobcats "within, and adjacent to, the boundaries of a national or state park, monument or preserve, national wildlife refuge, and any other public or private conservation area identified by the commission for protection.” The original bill would have banned bobcat trapping statewide but because of pressure from the trapping lobby, the bill was weakened. Thankfully, Fish and Game Commissioner Richard Rogers requested that a complete ban on bobcat trapping be considered and vetted through the administrative rules process.  You have the opportunity to weigh in on this important issue NOW! The Commission is currently accepting public comment and will make a final vote on the issue on August 5th, 2015 at their meeting in Fortuna, CA.   Please sign this petition and urge the Commission to support Option 2, which would ban bobcat trapping statewide. After signing, please share this petition widely with friends, family and colleagues.  For more information about this issue, see our action alert, read this article in SFGate and watch our video coverage of the three CA Fish & Game Commission meetings in which testimony regarding the issue was heard: Van Nuys, CA on December 3rd, in Santa Rosa, CA on April 9th, and in Mammoth Lakes, CA on June 11th. Sign up for Project Coyote’s E-Team to stay apprised of this and other related issues. Together we can ban bobcat trapping in California!  Thank you!

Project Coyote
29,328 supporters
Petitioning Director Charlton H. Bonham

Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in California

Please join Project Coyote in calling on the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) to prohibit predator killing contests statewide and to develop comprehensive regulations and policies to reform and modernize predator management in California. Killing predators - or any wild animal- as part of a ‘contest’ ‘tournament’ or ‘drive' is ethically indefensible, ecologically reckless, and contravenes new legislation (AB 2402) that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law requiring the Fish & Game Commission to use “ecosystem based management” and the best available science in the stewardship of California's wildlife. Such wildlife killing contests have no scientific basis and degrade the reputation of the ethical sportsman of California.WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please send the letter below to California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham and to the members of the California Fish and Game Commission and share this petition far and wide! Contact info.:California Fish and Game CommissionP.O. Box 944209Sacramento, CA Director Charlton H. BonhamCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife1416 Ninth Street, 12th FloorSacramento, CA click "Opt-In" when signing this petition and we will keep you informed on meaningful ways to protect coyotes, wolves, and other wildlife from wanton abuse and cruelty and to promote coexistence instead of killing.)Thank you.

Project Coyote
42,129 supporters
Petitioning Calabasas (CA) City Council

Help Stop Indiscriminate Coyote Killing in Calabasas, CA!

Join Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)  in urging the City of Calabasas, California to make permanent its temporary ban on indiscriminate coyote killing After public outcry against the indiscriminate and cruel trapping and killing of coyotes in the City by a county trapper, the City temporarily suspended the killing pending further review. The City is currently reviewing the issue and will submit a recommended course of action to the Calabasas City Council on Oct. 5th. This will be posted on the City's website on Oct. 5th for public review. There will be a public hearing on the issue on October 12th and the City Council will vote on the issue that evening. Check here (after Oct. 5th) for more information about the hearing and to see a copy of the proposed plan. YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!  Please sign this petition and submit comments  to the City Council via the City Clerk by email- TALKING POINTS (please be respectful and personalize your message):  *Commend the City of Calabasas for its decision to stop spending tax dollars on coyote trapping and killing and urge the City Council to make the temporary moratorium permanent. * Indiscriminate trapping of coyotes is not an effective or humane solution to reduce real or perceived conflicts between people, coyotes, and domestic animals. Coyotes are here to stay. We must learn to coexist. Education is the key.  *There are many effective non-lethal methods for reducing negative encounters between people, coyotes, and domestic animals. More info. here. *Coyotes play an important role in keeping rodent populations in check and ecosystems clean of carrion (dead things). Coyotes also help to limit mescarnivoress (e.g. foxes, skunks) thereby helping boost bird population and diversity. *We're here to help. Encourage the City of Calabasas to work with Project Coyote and AWI in adopting and implementing an ecologically and ethically sound long-term coyote coexistence plan that emphasizes public education, reducing coyote/wildlife attractants, and hazing of habituated coyotes. Remember to include your name, address, and email when submitting public comments so that your comments will be counted in the official record! Thank you for writing on behalf of America’s Native Song Dog! Read more here: Coyotes Seen as Friends, Not Enemies Coyote Traps in Urban Area Cause Concern    

Project Coyote
8,916 supporters