Maine Coyote by Rich Bard
COMMMUNITY is caring about everyone’s best interest
So here is a community happening playing itself out in a Maine community~ One of our Maine farmers who raises vulnerable farm animals like goats and chickens co-exists well with the carnivores that live on their farm…especially the coyotes and hawks. They want the coyotes on their farm because they understand how important they are for the overall health of their farm…including their farm animals.
This summer two of their goats contracted meningeal worm, an organism whose carrier is the deer. A large number of deer enter their pastures and by doing so can pass this infection onto their goats. Where are the coyotes!
Their neighbor wants LOTS of deer, so he kills the coyotes and then feeds the deer. We know from our science that the presence of predators actually creates larger deer…for the predator does not kill the most powerful ones. [ Hunters look for large deer with big antlers. ] We also know that the predator balances the populations of large herbivores like deer, and as a result the herd is stronger and healthier.
SO ~ The neighbor of this farmer is really affecting the whole community in a negative way by killing the coyotes: the farmer’s hooved animals are contracting meningeal worm, the deer are in poorer condition…and nobody wins!
WE LIVE IN THE LARGER COMMUNITY OF LIFE…AND THE ACTIONS WE TAKE AFFECT ALL.
KILLING COYOTES AFFECTS THE WHOLE COMMUNITY…IN A NEGATIVE WAY.
photo by David Kennard
THERE IS A WHOLE NEW WAY TO FARM…..
It is the farming of the future that is already happening today. The focus of this farming is: We are part of Nature!
What is so enriching to the leading farmers is watching how their domestic dogs….the guardian dogs …. speak to our wild dogs. The ancient communication they share with each other helps farmers to live well with the wild, and the wild to remain truly wild. Below is a link that shares with you one such leading farmer, and the resulting rich life for all.
Livestock Guardian Dogs
WE WANT OUR CARNIVORES TO REMAIN TRULY WILD…
That means…..self sufficient, using their innate intelligence and the gifts that Nature has equipped them with to survive and thrive. By remaining truly wild, they fulfill their important role in keeping ecosystems healthy and balanced, protected from epidemics of disease in wildlife and humans.
So we have a responsibility on our farms to keep our carnivores wild!
NO dependence on us …NO taking of our farm animals for their food. Here again our dogs, our companions in life help us to keep our carnivores wild. Coyotes especially understand their fellow canine’s language…and respond accordingly. Our Dogs…helping us to live well with carnivores!
Enjoy this short video sharing the life of the Great Pyrennees Guardian Dog ~
photo by Jan Myers
SPRING TIME …AND COYOTE PUPS ARE BORN!
A very busy time for coyote parents. They want their pups to survive…they need to feed them…but you want them to feed their pups wild prey ONLY.
We have many amazing farmers here in Maine that have an understanding with our wild Coyote parents. And they communicate with them via their Guard Dogs. So I would like to share with you an experience Mary McGuire, and outstanding breeder of Great Pyrenees Guard dogs, had a few days ago. Here it is ~
“I just spent the hours between 3am and 5 am listening to a couple of my Pyrenees kicking up quite a ruckus. It is Spring and time for all good coyote parents to hunt for their new pups. Of course this can at times really anger the Pyrenees who are in charge of our south barn and pasture.
There is a nice little stream that runs thru the pasture on the other side of their fence and many nights the coyotes travel down that stream looking for late night snacks. Since their hunting duties are much heavier during this time of the year it can cause them to take more chances than usual. Most of the time the coyotes stay far away from that area but hunger does cause the predators to gamble a bit.
So while I was awake due to a health issue (nothing serious) I got the chance to hear Justus and Kate (her two Great Pyrenees Guard dogs) first warn them to get away and then go into full voice “get the heck out of here” mode as the coyotes came closer. The yips of the coyotes seemed so tiny when compared to the huge full throated barks of this pair. They would run from one end of the field to the other up a big hill and then down to the bottom that borders the creek quite closely.
I could almost hear their huge feet pounding the ground as they ran barking right past my bedroom window. This is the closest field to the house so it does give me the chance to observe these two patrol and then go into full defense voice. So nice to just listen with no fear of any loss of sheep or chickens. They are an intact breeding pair who are quite devoted to each other. Each Pyrenees works very hard at their job but also loves to play with their partner and then lay quietly with the sheep in the afternoon sun.
This is a much nicer way to protect my livestock and also enjoy a beautiful dog do the job they were bred to do. It certainly is better than trying to shoot or trap or poison the coyotes. Meanwhile the predators can keep the groundhogs in limits along with a few other “varmints”. Nature can do the job if we just allow it to do so.”
Wild Mustangs chased by helicopter
WILD MUSTANGS …. AND COYOTE….
When I give my Coyote presentation to our communities in Maine, I include historical perspectives…. What happened when the Europeans invaded the New World. And what did they bring with them when they came….they brought their world view. And their actions and behaviors were the expressions of it.
And that world view is alive and well today!
What is that world view… All life on earth is here for us, and we can use it any way we want…no thought for those who come after us.
What are the behaviors that flow from this…..violence to other life, greed, no sharing of natural resources of the land…just to mention a few.
And so the Wild Mustangs and Coyote share the same fate of violence and suffering at the hands of greedy humans who would not share any land with them. All land, even public land is to be used solely by their millions of cows…for their own economic gain.
This is not the stuff of history…this is happening today! Millions of cows and sheep on our public land (some ranchers actually not paying a red cent to use OUR land). And they are PUSHING THEIR VIOLENT WEIGHT AROUND TO HAVE OUR WILD MUSTANGS KILLED!
And for Coyote…..the same! Do you see the helicopters chasing these wild mustangs from their mountain homes…many dying on the way…. into corrals where they will meet their fate…and loose forever their freedom…that is who they are. WELL, THESE SAME HELICOPTERS CHASE COYOTES DOWN, AND SLAUGHTER THEM AS THEY RUN FOR THEIR LIVES…because they are coyotes. Again, this is not from the past! This goes on as you are reading this.
So let those of us who live in Maine have a NEW WORLD VIEW! We already have many, and I say many enlightened farmers who want to share their farm with our wild carnivores, and Coyote. They are successful and have healthy biodiverse farms because of this relationship.
What will we hand down to our children? As Americans, we need to shout out to our legislators that we HAVE A DIFFERENT WORLD VIEW. Can you do that?
A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM ~
This children’s book written by Jonathan London, tells a simple yet very powerful story about our relationships with the Wild. It is the child that guides his father into understanding his role in living well with carnivores on his farm.
Our children are looking to us to create a world where violence to life of any kind is not acceptable. They want to live in a world where respect and understanding are integral to our relationships with all life.
So what stories do you share with your children? You tell those stories by the way you live your life.