Coyotes are persistent survivors of human persecution and habitat modifications. As extremely adaptable animals, they have learned to live in human-dominated landscapes. But what can we, as humans, do to coexist peacefully with them, and what do we need to know not to be afraid of them?
This will be the topic of a presentation given by David Parsons, a regional representative of Project Coyote, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
As a basis for understanding coyotes, Parsons will cover the biology, ecology, and behavior of the animals. He will also discuss issues related to coyotes living in urban and suburban environments, as well as methods for reducing coyote-human conflicts and fostering peaceful coexistence with coyotes. To round out his talk, he will suggest methods for addressing situations that may be deemed as potential threats to humans, pets, and livestock.
According to Parsons, conflicts can be managed through changes to both human and coyote behaviors. Drastic “control” programs rarely work and often exacerbate problems. He advocates that coexistence with minimal conflict can be achieved through proven, non-lethal programs, which can foster more positive human attitudes towards native wildlife, especially predators.
The program fee is $6, or $5 for PEEC members. No advance registration is required. To learn more about this and other programs offered by PEEC, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 505-662-0460.
Project Coyote is a national organization whose mission is to promote coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy. Parsons, a member of Project Coyote’s Board, is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where from 1990-1999 he led the USFWS’s effort to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf to portions of its former range in Arizona and New Mexico. He is the recipient of several awards for his work in conservation and wildlife recovery.
To learn more about Project Coyote, visit http://www.projectcoyote.org.