According to production documents, the show quickly brought in a replacement coyote for the shoot from Ohio, despite Kentucky law, which forbids the importing coyotes. Even worse -- it seemed that the show's star, "Turtleman" Ernie Brown, Jr., had been warned previously:
Mother Jones has also obtained government documents showing that state wildlife regulators began warning the show's star about violations in March 2012-more than a year before Sharp Entertainment, the producer of the show, says that it first became aware of complaints about animal mistreatment in connection with Call of the Wildman.
What's more, both the show and the company that owns it won't say what happened to the coyotes after production, according to Mother Jones:
Animal Planet and Sharp Entertainment did not respond to additional questions about...what the production did with the two coyotes after the film shoot was over.
"Call of the Wildman" follows the exploits of Brown, who operates a nuisance animal removal business and catches and releases wild animals. The coyote was used in an episode called "Lured into Danger," which first aired in July 2013. Brown lures and traps a coyote in a barn in Kentucky purportedly owned by an "animal psychic." According to Mother Jones' source, the sick animal was kept and transported in cramped conditions -- until it was replaced by another coyote.