From deserts to mountains, coyotes are one of the most adaptable species in New Mexico. However, not everyone welcomes the resilience of this local predator.
To learn more about this canine, meet New Mexico Project Coyote representative, Judy Paulsen, and Project Coyote Science Advisory Board Wildlife Biologist Dave Parsons, as they speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, about the challenges and opportunities coyotes provide to both urban and rural communities.
This presentation reveals the fascinating and complex world of Canis latrans— their keen intelligence, amazing resourcefulness, and importance as keystone carnivores in many ecosystems.
Paulsen serves as the New Mexico Representative to Project Coyote. Living in New Mexico, Paulsen encounters anti-coyote/predator sentiment and believes that education is critical and policy change is necessary to shift the way coyotes are viewed and treated in the West.
She works to promote Project Coyote’s “Coyote Friendly Communities” program and to raise awareness about the important ecological role that coyotes play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. She is also actively involved in efforts to prohibit coyote killing contests in her home state.
Parsons is a wildlife ecologist. While working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he led their effort to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf to portions of its former range in Arizona and New Mexico. Dave’s interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and wildlands conservation at scales that fully support ecological and evolutionary processes.