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Raymond Gibby

Song Dog

Bronze, 15/15, 33"h x 48"w x 11"d, Item No. 20558,

"Many Native American tribes think highly of the coyote. Unlike many people today, they appreciate the coyote and its cunning will for survival. They affectionately call him "Song Dog" for his nightly serenade. The coyote is one of the few predators that has actually endured and even flourished with human encroachment to its habitat, even with constant persecution. They changed their hunting tactics from hunting in packs to hunting alone or in pairs. Their diet changed to smaller prey. Many think that the coyote is a nuisance and even costly to ranchers. The fact is that one coyote can typically consume over 100,000 rodents in one year, thus becoming a very valuable asset to the farming and ranching industry. Rodents eat feed. Ranchers need feed. Coyotes control rodent populations. As one who also raises cattle, I believe it would be prudent to develop within us the will to survive intelligently as the coyote has done. They adapted to our changing environment to live in harmony with humans. We should understand that if the natural world doesn't survive then we risk our own survival. Hopefully, through understanding that nature can actually benefit our own efforts to find success in the industry, we will be led to a great appreciation for animals like the "Song Dog"." - Raymond Gibby