PO Box 275, Burlington IN 46915, USA, Tel: 765-566-3800,
Hope Ryden Remembers CeAnn Lambert
I heard about CeAnn long before I met her in person. One
of her admirers wrote to me after reading my then newly published book on
coyotes (Godís Dog) and suggested that she and I should get to know one
That was 35 years ago and I am grateful for his
suggestion, which resulted in such a long and beautiful friendship. For many
of those years we were only pen and phone pals, supporting one anotherís
efforts on behalf of the much maligned and misunderstood animal that we both
loved and admired.
But in later years I made it my goal to meet her in
person and I drove to Indiana to see her. And what a joy it was.
CeAnnís energy and dedication to the coyote was
unlimited, and her on-site animals provided her with insights unmatched by
anybody I know. And how she loved and understood each coyote that was
delivered to her care. Each of these un-releasable animals was respected and
treated by her as the individual being that each was born to be and its
individual needs were met to the best of her ability to do so.
Since they were doomed to remain captives, she had to
devise the best way to create happy environments for them and this she
understood required that she pair them upóó- find an appropriate mate for
each of the animals that was brought to her.
Of course it was required by the state that they all be
altered so as not to produce more captive coyotes, but CeAnn knew that
wouldnít stop them from bonding to a mate. She knew that this animal bonds
with its mate for life and that the short annual mating season is not the
reason for their loyalty to each other.
And so she paired them up in separate pens, and as the
years passed she enjoyed seeing how they cared for their mates and howled
together and groomed one another, and thrived on the road-killed deer
carcasses that she found and dragged to their pens ó- a natural food that
provided them with their needs. And CeAnn mourned that she could not do the
one thing they needed. She could not grant them freedom.
And more coyotes were brought to her and she took them
all in and more pens were built.
And still she had time and energy to work for the wild
coyotes that were living free Ė to battle for them at state hearings and to
fight against the dreadful sport of placing them in pens for the purpose of
training dogs how to kill them. And it was while she battled the forces that
were intent on making this ďcoyote penningĒ a sport that she became ill. Yet
no one suspected that CeAnn, while giving her all to this cause, was
Her death came quickly and shocked the many, many people
who loved her.
I cannot find words to say how much I miss her. She had
such empathy. She was selfless in her caring, and she was fun and joyous.
CeAnn was the best person I ever knew.
Hope Ryden is a well-known naturalist and
author of 23 books. Her behavioral findings have been published in National
Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon magazine, and her books have been
translated into German, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian
and Russian. She is the author of Godís Dog: A Celebration of the North
American Coyote. Please see the C.A.S.H. catalog to order a copy of
HOLLY HADAC, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF ICRC, WROTE:
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of CeAnn
I have been Indiana Coyote Rescue Centerís Vice President
and Educational Director for two years and have now stepped up to the
position of President. I promised CeAnn and her family that the Board of
Directors would do whatever we could to continue her vision for ICRC. We
have inherited a legacy whose mission is vital.
The Board of Directors has discussed many ideas for
carrying out ICRCís mission, including becoming licensed by the United
States Department of Agriculture. USDA had inspected the property and told
CeAnn what needed to be done to meet their requirements. Itís humbling
knowing she trusts us to do just that, and knew her coyotes and foxes would
be cared for.
CeAnn lost her battle with cancer but never lost her will
to care for her beloved animals. As the director of Indiana Coyote Rescue
Center Inc., a non-profit agency to care for injured or orphaned animals
unable to survive in the wild, she showed great love for a much-maligned and
undeservedly reviled creature. Her kindness to coyotes and her battle to
help them gives us deep insight into CeAnnís caring heart for any of Godís
creatures. She carefully arranged for the continuance of the animalsí care
through legal preparation and the selection of loving, caring people to
continue her work.
Early in life, CeAnn worked as a caregiver for children
and the elderly before devoting her life to the care of animals.
She was involved with the introduction of two wolves into
the wild for repopulating in the state of Washington, and was thrilled, upon
returning the next year, that they came back at hearing her call.
Holly Hadoc is a wildlife rehabilitator and new president of the
Indiana Coyote Rescue Center.