Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Coyote With Ear Tags and Radio Collar-Yellowstone National Park

One of my pet peeves is going to Yellowstone and aiming my camera at a "Wild" animal and finding that it is part of some intrusive research project. At one time over 100 Yellowstone coyotes were treated like little clowns and equipped with these radio- collars and tags. (The coyotes were trapped using leg hold traps, that should never be used in National Parks) Park research rules requiring the removal of these collars at the end of the research project were ignored and the coyotes were sentenced to wear these non-functioning radio- collars and ear tags until they die.
Yellowstone is supposed to be a place where animals are wild and free. Some how this coyote looks non- wild, domesticated, and abused.

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