But in the wild, surrounded by cruel traps and the obstacles of human encroachment, Doc may not have long. Unless we learn to coexist with him.
Modern science has shown that the historical means we have dealt with coyotes does not work: culling, even in small scale amounts, causes a spike in coyote populations. We also know that the culling of any mesopredator is an ineffective means of disease control, conflict resolution or ecological balancing.
We do, however, know that coexistence is possible.
Coexistence is possible. After all Doc has gone through – the loss of his mother and family – doesn’t he deserve it?