May 1, 2012, an orphaned coyote pup was observed "scooting"
across Hwy 125 near Redcliffe Elementary School in Jackson,
SC. Upon close inspection he was malnourished, severely dehydrated,
and suffering from multiple ant bites on his belly. Attempts
to locate his den, siblings, or parents 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 he
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 a wooded enclosure
with a 400' perimeter that is constructed of 7' high fencing.
He spends his nights in a 10'x20' kennel inside an air-conditioned
room in a garage. Below are links to images and videos that
deal with Scooter.
attributes his great health to the more 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.
year (starting on April 27, 2017)
(since his start in the program)
Happy with the freezing weather and seeing some flakes. Recorded January 3, 2018.
A few of Scooter's treats during the holiday break. Created January 7, 2018.
to Dewees Island
Visiting Dewees Island for a presentation. Scooter's first ride on a
ferry and his first visit to a beach.
Recorded December 2, 2017.
here to view presentation recorded by Dewees Island Environmental Board**
Scooter's accomplishments as an educational animal. Created November
is featured in "Coyote Settles the South" by John Lane,
in the chapter "Coyote Hugger."
Click on image for more information about book.
learned a lot about himself while viewing this informative video.