Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review - THE DAILY COYOTE by Shreve Stockton

Title: The Daily Coyote - A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming

Author: Shreve Stockton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster; 2008

A snapshot in time.  While raising a wild coyote pup may seem a bit out of the ordinary, truth is, we all at some time or another have thought about (but know better) how cool it would be to raise and tame a wild animal like a pet wolf or bear and have it love you, depend on you and defend you.  Shreve Stockton did just that.

Whether you agree with the methods of controlling the coyote population or not, the baby coyote had come to stay with the author by means of Mike, a Government Trapper with Wildlife Services.  For reasons he can't even recall himself, Mike spared the young pup, ultimately named Charlie, the trappers' code name for coyotes when referring to such via radio.  The story that follows is fun and, believe it or not, informative yet, in reference to Mike and the loss of his daughter, as a parent, I couldn't help but feel for him and want him to learn to love life again.  I hope he has.  Maybe there should be a 'Daily Coyote' sequel...

And baby Charlie is absolutely adorable.