"Though we’ve been together for six years, I don’t call him my pet. He’s more like my co-pilot. I don’t wish to own him, just to live together in harmony. And that we do," says Stockton.
Though it has worked out for these two, the same situation would not work out for the vast majority of those who attempt it. A coyote is not something cute to bring home and raise as a pet. It worked out for Stockton and Charlie for myriad reasons including a rural home, quiet life away from most people, an extensive knowledge about coyotes from Stockton's partner Mike, and so many other small factors. So enjoy The Daily Coyote, and the magical thing that happened for these two, but please don't try it yourself.
As Stockton notes, "Charlie was — and is — a divine gift to me and he is a gift to the world. Would I make the same decision if I had it to do over again? Absolutely. Will I ever raise another coyote? No way."