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)
Response to a passing ambulance siren. Recorded February 20, 2018.
Taking his pills with a little attitude. Recorded January 29, 2018.
Made just for Scooter. Will it pass the test? Recorded January 13-20, 2018.
Happy with the freezing weather and seeing some flakes. Recorded January 3, 2018.
is featured in "Coyote Settles the South" by John Lane,
in the chapter "Coyote Hugger."
Click on image for more information about book.
DNA has been analyzed.
Click on image below to explore the results.
informative video about coyotes.