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From 14 April 2006 Issue

The Violent Death of Hal, The Central Park Coyote

Monday, 03 April 2006

A News Article Describing Bogan's Methods of Handling Coyotes

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060324/NEWS09/603240334

Here is some important text from the above news article ...  (to enlarge the photo of Hal, click on the photo or link)

"So the coyote cops in New York City hunt down one of their prey in Central Park. Big deal. There's a televised chase and capture, with a tough-looking sharpshooter who stops the animal with a tranquilizer gun. Nothing against those tough urban dwellers, but they ought to come to the northern suburbs as Cornell University grad student Dan Bogan has and try a little more up-close method trapping the canine and making it submit. The 32-year-old Bogan has already begun trapping and tagging coyotes in Westchester, part of a five-year study by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation and the university to study whether the animals are getting more aggressive in under-hunted areas like Westchester and Putnam. Bogan uses a 3-foot noose pole and a stick that splits into a Y to get the coyotes he tracks under control. "Coyotes are used to submissive and dominant roles," the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Bogan said yesterday. "When you have them cornered, they know how to submit." After waiting a minute while the prey settles down under his control, Bogan quickly muzzles, hobbles and blindfolds the coyote to keep it from moving or getting spooked. That's without a long-range rifle or a posse of help. Then he tags, measures and weighs the animal before he lets it go again, right where he captured it. Bogan has had more than his share of rabies and other shots, but rabies in coyotes is so rare in New York, there's only been one documented case in the state in more than a decade. Though a coyote's bite is its best weapon, at 35 to 45 pounds and with no companions around, the animal can be fended off effectively by an adult human, Bogan said. A human in a car is......"

(By the way, real Professionals don't use these methods.  To "hobble" or  "hog-tie" a wide awake frightened coyote is absurd.)

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Sunday, 02 April 2006

The "Unbiased" Press' Demonizing of Coyotes

As a result of Hal's Story, the local press wanted to do a story on coyotes.  The reporter attended my 2 hour presentation on coyotes, and then visited my sanctuary the next day.  I was very excited as I was sure that finally, accurate and good information of coyotes would be published in a newspaper. I was so trusting that I even copied my presentation on paper for her so she would have all of the facts and quotes laid right out to use  and to prevent mistakes or inaccuracies in reporting from occurring. The resulting article bore no resemblance to the facts I had worked so hard to get across to the reporter.  She picked and chose snippets of words, pieced them together and came up with a deceptively negative and inaccurate caption to the picture of me and my coyote,  and quoted me on it.  She took all of the good information that I gave her and twisted it to fit her preconceived notions, and created (yet another) demonizing article on coyotes - after all - who wants to read a article about how good and harmless coyotes are?  For coyotes, it is not news unless it is bad news.  Out of the dozens of photos they snapped, of me snuggling and being nuzzled by my gentle coyote, the picture they chose was the only seemingly menacing one taken. 

So much for the unbiased media.  Is their job to report news, or create it?

Go on to The Violent Death of Hal, The Central Park Coyote - Part 2

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