TO KICK OFF last fall’s inaugural Marin Conversations series, a North Bay affiliate of San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, celebrated actor and
activist Peter Coyote took the stage at Mill
Valley’s Outdoor Art Club with Camilla Fox,
founder and executive director of Larkspur-based Project Coyote (where Peter serves on
the advisory board). The two came together
to speak about their efforts to protect the
often-maligned and feared canine predators, including wolves, coyotes and foxes.
While it’s tempting to have fun with their
highly appropriate names, both Fox and
Coyote are very serious about working
together to make a difference.
Born Robert Peter Cohon, the son of Ruth
and Morris Cohon, in New Jersey in 1941,
Peter Coyote (he changed his name in 1966)
and Camilla Hovey Fox, born in St. Louis
Missouri, daughter of Bonnie and Michael
Fox, a prominent canid researcher, are
involved in a nationwide effort to teach the
public about protection and the ecological
benefit of apex (top-level) predators. That
these wild animals benefit ecosystems can be
a hard to sell to those with cats and small dogs
or farmers with livestock to guard.
and Camilla Fox
Working to change perceptions of and develop better
strategies for dealing with Marin’s apex predators.
BY MIMI TOWLE • PHOTOS BY TIM PORTER