Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Outreach Program
On 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 website.

Scooter 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.

Scooter attributes his great health to the more 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.

Scooter's numbers
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Distance traveled (miles)
Number of presentations
Number of attendees
Current year (starting on April 27, 2017)
Total (since his start in the program)

Recent images

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Recent videos

Response to a passing ambulance siren. Recorded February 20, 2018.

preventive medicine
Taking his pills with a little attitude. Recorded January 29, 2018.

new bed
Made just for Scooter. Will it pass the test? Recorded January 13-20, 2018.

frosty frolics
Happy with the freezing weather and seeing some flakes. Recorded January 3, 2018.


Scooter is featured in "Coyote Settles the South" by John Lane,
in the chapter "Coyote Hugger."
Click on image for more information about book. Coyote Settles the South


Scooter's DNA has been analyzed.
Click on image below to explore the results.
Scooter's Certificate of Breed


An informative video about coyotes.


SREL Outreach Program