Indiana Coyote Rescue
Citizen Action Suit
Citizen Action Suit
- Failing to rehabilitate coyote pups by taking them in and domesticating them by keeping them in the house where they are very close to human activity and even form strong bonds with them. One coyote, Neegan, was taken as a puppy and instead of transferring him onto a rehabilitation facility for eventual release to the wild, Jamie Hammer made him into a pet.
- While a pen was built for Neegan, he was kept in the house. Mind you, she declined to take in even one of the six-pack stating that it was "too much" for her to handle. Then she turns around and brings in a coyote pup. It seems she is not too keen on rescuing adult coyotes and prefers puppies. This is unethical. Making pets out of wild animals is also illegal in Indiana.
- She also let one of the coyotes out of its enclosure and even out of the perimeter fence and walked it around her lawn. There are pictures seen with the coyote in the front lawn near one of the trees. This is illegal in the state of Indiana.
- Hammer currently possesses an active rehabilitation license but never rehabilitates. In fact, she doesn't even know how to rehabiltate. It seems as though she keeps her license in order to be able to transport puppies she's interested in as pets into her facility with ease. She shouldn't even have her rehabilitation license.
- Furthermore, she is giving advice on release criteria for rehabilitators. Come to find out, she was wrong in her assessments of the six-pact thereby keeping them in captivity longer than they would have been othewise. She also assessed them via 1-2 videos. After my speaking with Marc Bekoff and Jon Way, both stated that to assess a pack of coyotes from a video or two is impossible. Time must be spent with the animals in order to properly assess them in terms of habituation and possibility of rewilding in order to make an eventual release possible.
- Jamie also breached confidentiality in my case by broadcasting the euthanizing vet's opinion (alleged opinion) of the six-pack. She also became involved in the "investigation" by defaming another (me) and helping the DEC out by making false accusations. Futhermore, she allowed herself to be manipulated by Powell and reversed her written statement about her professional opinion of me based on lies powell made to her on the phone. She also texted very personal information about me to Powell and Elise, knowing they would then spread it around.
- She defended the theft of a silver fox by Elise Able and warned her that I mentioned seeing it on Elise's facebook page and felt she should be held accountable for stealing it to which she admitted in the caption accomplanying the picture of the fox.
- Hammer also admitted in the second statement regarding me which was solicited by Powell that she is a "staunch opponent" of breeding animals. It appears she put her personal beliefs before the truth and objectivity. Her actions hurt any "investigation" that could have taken place and she was part of the effort to unfairly stack the cards, so to speak, against me.
- Defamation - stating that I told her I intended on breeding the six-pack of coyotes. However, I have an email i sent to the film company prior to meeting Jami in person at her "facility", in which I refused to breed the six-pack for the benefit of the film the film crew was working on. I also have another letter from Dr. Albert, DVM around the April timeframe (?) in which I asked Dr. Albert about spaying the female coyote. I also asked Dr. Hall in February about spaying the female; however, I didn't receive a letter of testimony from him when requested.
Video #1. Neegan, the coyote, playing with domestic dog Picture #1: Neegan, as a pup and inside
inside the house of Jami Hammer - Director of Jami's house. At this time,
Indiana Coyote Rescue Center. This video was taken Jami had him for only a
by Jami in fall/autumn of 2017. Neegan was kept couple of weeks. Obviously
as a small puppy by Jami inside her house and a pet.
treated like a pet. She never had any intention
of rehabilitating him.
She took in Neegan not long after the six coyotes at
Petitioner's facility were seized and euthanized. Petitioner
had asked Hammer if she would be able to take in at
least one coyote in order to save them from euthanasia.
She declined based on it being too much work and her
not having an empty enclosure in which to put them.
Apparently those problems were easily solved when a
puppy showed up at her door. The animal lived inside
the house for months while his kennel was being built
It still isn't clear why Jami couldn't do this for at
least one of the adults in the pack of six from Petitioner's
Video #3. Video taken by Petitioner of the pack of six coyotes on
December 18, 2015 - about 5 1/2 weeks after the first visit
by the DEC officers. This video was the only tool used by
Jami Hammer of Indiana Coyote Rescue Center to assess the releasability of the coyotes.
Later I would learn that she never had any wildlife
rehabilitation experience whatsoever, although she
has a license to rehabilitate from Indiana State.
She is highly unqualified to make the assessment
she did with the coyotes.
After the seizure of the coyotes, Petitioner had the opportunity to speak to Marc Bekoff, a renown wild canine (specifically, coyote) expert and behaviorist. With all of his years of experience in assessing both captive and wild coyotes, he stated that the video would not be sufficient for him to ascertain how wild the animals were. He stated that he would need to visit the facility and spend time with the animals directly in order to make any determination, if he could even do so after spending the time with them.
Another coyote expert/researcher, Jon Way, was also asked the same question and he concurred with Mr. Bekoff and stated he would not feel comfortable assessing the coyotes for anything at all without seeing them in person (or should I say "in coyote").
Rationale is: if someone as experienced and skilled as Marc Bekoff and Jon Way (both men have doctorates) cannot assess these coyotes for releasability, Ms. Hammer certainly cannot either. Therefore, her assessment is considered erroneous and really should be thrown out in its entirity.