IN MARIN, WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.
Marin is the wealthiest county in
California. Yet nearly a quarter of our
older adults are living in poverty.
They need rides, meals, classes,
community. That’s where Whistlestop
We’re the largest Marin organization
serving older adults. For sixty years,
we’ve been helping people age with
grace, dignity, and independence.
We offer 6 to 8 classes a day, five days
a week. We serve over 7,400 meals
each month. We provide more
than 130,000 rides each year.
Won’t you help with a monthly
gift? Just $10 a month buys fifteen
homebound seniors a good meal
and a friendly visit.
Help us take care of our own
SOMETHING IS WRONG
WHEN ONE of the
IN AMERICA STILL HAS
MORE THAN 20,000
OLDER ADULTS LIVING
(e.g. indiscriminately trapped, poisoned, etc.),
they self-regulate and maintain stable family
groups. When they’re exploited, their populations can actually increase. We know this
from decades of research — and yet our federal
government still relies heavily on indiscriminate killing methods. We estimate that at least
500,000 coyotes are killed each year in the
U. S. alone — that’s one per minute.
Key things to think about regarding coexisting? PC: Coyotes are the Jews of the animal
world. Since the 1920s they have been gassed,
snared, poisoned and hunted from planes with
the aim of eliminating the species. But they
have survived and flourished. All these efforts
have managed to accomplish is to spread
coyote populations from their original territory in the West and Midwest to all over the
country. We live in a county that is over half
open space. It is their territory where they
feed, where they get water. If I don’t make
some exception for them, if I don’t open my
life for them in some way, I am obliterating
their environment and I am actually expressing selfishness no matter how “green” I may
advertise myself to be.
How do predators, like coyotes benefit an ecosystem? PC: Everybody loves the forest, right?
Everybody loves trees, but if you kill off the
apex predators like wolves and coyotes, the
trees won’t survive. The coyotes keep down
the porcupines, rodents and deer that eat the
shoots of the trees — it happens very quickly,
in several seasons.
What do you think is in human nature that
encourages us to domesticate animals? CF:
Fear factor. We have to recognize that we are
part of the ecosystem. When we came out
of the trees walking upright on the plains of
Africa we had a visceral and understandable
fear,of predators. After all, we were potential
prey. Project Coyote acknowledges that fear.
But as we grapple with the repercussions
of losing the wild — both wildlife and wild-lands — and as our children become more
separated from the wild with computers,
cellphones and technology, it becomes all the
more imperative that we preserve the wild
for future generations. M