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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 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 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 a wooded enclosure with a 400' perimeter that is constructed of 7' high fencing. He spends his nights inside a 10'x20' 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.

Scooter's numbers
Time Frame
Distance traveled (miles)
Number of presentations
Number of attendees
Current year (starting on April 27, 2016)
Total (since his start in the program)

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

Scooter's latest videos

severe brain freeze
Cold weather has returned for a short while. Recorded March 16, 2017.

Valentine's Day sweetie
He can be affectionate at times and want to be petted (on his terms). Recorded February 14, 2017.

new shed
Scooter gets a shed upgrade in his outdoor enclosure. Recorded February 1 and 5, 2017.

broccoli stalking
Forget the florets, Scooter prefers the stalks. Recorded January 26, 2017.

Scooter learned a lot about himself while viewing this informative video.


SREL Outreach Program