May 1, 2012, an orphaned coyote pup was observed "scooting" across Hwy
125 near Redcliffe Elementary School in Jackson, SC. Upon close inspection it
was malnourished, severely dehydrated, and suffering from multiple ant bites on
its belly. Attempts to locate mother were unsuccessful. The pup was taken to a
local veterinarian for care and quickly recovered. A permit to possess the coyote
was obtained from SCDNR and it became an education animal in the SREL Outreach
Program. Information about coyotes can be found on SCDNR's
resides at a location in accordance with the permit. On days
when he is not working, he stays outside in an enclosure that
is constructed of 6' high fencing with a 300' perimeter. The
enclosure is wooded. When possible he is allowed supervised
free time outside the enclosure to hunt insects/rodents in
an open field or wooded area. He spends his nights inside
a 10'x15' kennel inside a garage. Below are some images that
deal with Scooter, along with links to some videos.
attributes his great health to the mostly natural diet he
receives and regular checkups by Tara Poppy, DVM.
Although it appears that Scooter is quite friendly, he only acts this way towards
a few humansprimarily his caretakers who have invested (and will continue
to invest) a lot of time, effort, and patience in his upbringing. To all other
humans he acts like a wild animal. Coyotes do not make good pets, and it
is illegal to possess them without a permit.
schedule a presentation that includes the coyote, please contact
Sean Poppy at (803) 725-7588 or email poppy(at)srel.uga.edu.
The coyote is limited to travel within South Carolina.
1st Year Photo Album
2nd Year Photo Album
3rd Year Photo Album (below)
far this year Scooter has participated in 123 educational
presentations that had approximately 6,659 attendees.