Lisa Day-Copeland Synopsis of the Public Coyote Meeting Last Night

Lisa posted this on Facebook this morning and I thought it was a decent synopsis of the coyote meeting last night. Rubber Duck added the photo of Coywolf puppies.

Coywolf's have puppies in February and March. They are cute but do not go near them! If you remove their fear of humans they will geet in trouble.

Coywolf’s have puppies in February and March. They are cute but do not go near them! If you remove their fear of humans they will get in trouble.

I (Lisa Day-Copeland) went to the Gloucester coyote forum tonight with Jodi Swenson and Roland Leger. I think the presenters did a good job of teaching people about coyotes, that they have many useful functions and are here to stay (replaced wolves after they were killed off). Most weigh only 30 – 45 pounds and are far less dangerous than dogs in terms of aggressive behavior (and I love dogs!) They taught us to make noise and wave our arms, even toss something small at them or wave a stick. Don’t feed them. It is good for them to be afraid of humans. Also cover your trash and hiding spaces (I’ve got to block that space under my shed!) Lots of really bright people got in line to make comments or ask good questions…science students, wildlife specialists. Someone from Project Coyote came to see the presentation…perhaps he’ll be back at some point to further educate the public.

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  • Thank you Paul, anytime I have seen them I just leave them alone, and so true do not feed them.

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  • Great presentation last night! The biologists who spoke confirmed we have one animal here – Eastern Coyote – that has been a hybrid ever since it moved east into our area around 1959. Because it’s a hybrid, some people choose to call it a coywolf while others don’t. I believe the Latin name is canis latrans.

    You often hear someone say, “I saw an extra large coyote, so it must be a special wolf hybrid, or from a special pack.” But it seems the biologists feel this is not the case.

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  • Compared to ones I have seen and dealt with in New Mexico they are larger your way of course there are some big ones there too depending up conditions and food supply which Paul or scientist can fill you in on! Education and awareness is great and thanks Paul for sharing this! Tuning in ye sponge Dave where you listen and learn! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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