Camilla H. Fox

Traveling through Minnesota, Camilla and I came across this sign promoting hunting fishing and trapping.

Traveling through Minnesota, Camilla and I came across this sign promoting hunting fishing and trapping.

Camilla H. Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote, a national non-profit based in Mill Valley, California, that, in their words, "works to protect North America’s most maligned, persecuted and misunderstood native carnivores and promotes compassionate coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy."

Camilla's work has been featured in The New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Orion, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and several documentaries. A frequent speaker on wildlife issues, she has authored more than 70 publications and co-authored two books: Coyotes in Our Midst and Cull of the Wild. Camilla co-produced the award-winning companion documentary Cull of the Wild ~ The Truth Behind Trapping and she is the director and producer of KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife in the Crosshairs, a documentary film released in 2017. Camilla has served as an appointed member on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and in 2013 she was named one of the 100 Guardian Angels of the Planet. In 2014 she received the Conservationist of the Year Award by the John Muir Association, and n 2016 she was honored with the Grassroots Activist of the Year Award by the Fund for Wild Nature. 

I have known and worked with Camilla and Project Coyote over the years, and we have shared many road trips and filmmaking adventures including a trip to Minnesota to film a conversation with her father, author and Veterinarian Michael W. Fox. Henry and I did not have as far to travel for this interview. We gathered at Camilla's home just over the hill from our California base, and as we talked about her work and experiences she was joined by her boy Moki one of Henry's favorite friends. 

The Interview

Founding and Running Project Coyote

The Power Of Language

Discovering Wildlife Killing Contests

Progress and Challenges

Killing Cecil the Lion

Moving the Needle Towards Change

Early Influences

Attitudes Toward Wild Animals

A Shadowy Federal Agency

Changing Attitudes Towards Wildlife

Empowering People

Henry Plays with Camilla and Mokie

Wildlife Management

Animal Agriculture and Wildlife

Approaches to Defending Wildlife

The Capacity to Suffer

Wildlife Through an Economic Lens