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A coyote named Scooter

On 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 website.

Scooter 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.

Scooter attributes his great health to the mostly natural diet he receives and regular checkups by Tara Poppy, DVM.

DISCLAIMER: Although it appears that Scooter is quite friendly, he only acts this way towards a few humans—primarily 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.

To schedule a presentation that includes the coyote, please contact Sean Poppy at (803) 725-7588 or email poppy(at) The coyote is limited to travel within South Carolina.

The 1st Year Photo Album

The 2nd Year Photo Album

The 3rd Year Photo Album (below)

Click on an image for a larger view.

Coyote named Scooter - pup to adult
A compilation of images and videos of Scooter growing up.
It shows his days of freedom before it became unsafe for him to be out without a leash.
The last two images were taken in his spacious "prison" enclosure. Created September 4, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - howling at sirens
Response to ambulance sirens. Recorded February 24, 2013, and May 8, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - yearly checkup
Happy to see his veterinarian, and still happy after needle-sticks! Recorded June 8, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - morning routine
Getting his belly rubbed before going to his outdoor enclosure for the day. Recorded June 15, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - playing fetch
A favorite activity before bedtime. Recorded July 22, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - morning anxiety
Something visited his outdoor enclosure the previous night and left its scent all around. Recorded July 27, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - new outdoor shelter
Cautiously checking out the new shelter in his outdoor enclosure. Recorded August 31, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - whining
Scooter would like to meet and play with his fellow educational animal, a deaf gray squirrel. Recorded September 13, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - the fly
A fly is buzzing around Scooter's indoor enclosure. Recorded September 17, 2014.

Coyote named Scooter - reaction to roadkill hog
Growls, barks, and territorial ground-scraping. Recorded September 18, 2014.


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