My first oil painting! The ears are off, but I had a lot of fun putting it together
Coyotes, though persecuted for livestock losses, are essential to ecosystems where wolves and other large predators have been purged. They are highly adaptable and intelligent, much like the humans that war against them. Every year thousands of coyotes are killed for sport--using the excuse of population control. Not only do these hunts not work (due to high fecundity during times of depleted populations), but they perpetuate the stigma that coyotes are pests.
Wildlife are under threat more than ever, rendering the coyote-cull crisis almost negligible in comparison. Climate change, habitat loss, and the attack on environmental regulations are making our planet unsafe for all living things, including humans. As with all my art lately, I'm posting with the hopes that you'll call your representatives and express your concerns over recent decisions in the White House to slash the Environmental Protections Agency and other regulatory measures. You have a voice. Use it.
You can read about my coyote research here: phoenixarkpress.com/2014/04/30…