The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with the Woonsocket Harris Public Library to host a virtual, family-friendly program about coyotes on Friday August 21st at 1:30pm.
Attendees will learn about he Eastern coyote's natural history, as well as tips on how to coexist with coyotes. Participants will get a behind-the scenes look at the current research being conducted by the Narragansett Bay coyote Study in partnership with DEM Fish and Wildlife and discover how humans affect trends in coyote populations. The program will be lead by DEM Wildlife Outreach team members Mary Gannon and Gabrielle DeMeillon, who will be joined by Dr. Numi Mitchell and Kyle Hess of the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. Mitchell will share some recent results from coyote tracking research in RI. Hess will join the program from the field where he will show a typical field site and explain the methods of trapping and releasing coyotes for research. One main goal of this study is to educate the public about how changing our own behaviors can help control coyote populations and reduce human-coyote interactions. To learn more about this project visit www.coyotesmarts.org.
Funding and support for this program made possible through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, a Federal Aid program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.