Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut
January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
You may have heard them howling at night, calling the family group back together or declaring their claims to territory. Or, you may have watched one cross a field or a road, running with its tail low, almost dragging on the ground. Coyotes, first documented in Connecticut in the 1950’s, have spread across the state. Their population is estimated to be between 3,000 and 5,000 individuals.
Paul Colburn, a master wildlife conservationist, will discuss coyotes on Saturday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m. at The Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS) Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center. Adult admission is $5.00 for CAS members, $10.00 for non-members. There is no charge for children 12 and under.
Paul’s presentation, Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut, focuses on the history of coyotes in Connecticut, their habitat, diet, behaviors, and reproduction. He will suggest practical recommendations for peaceful coexistence with our state’s coyote population. Paul will also talk about coydogs, coywolves, and wolves. He will bring coyote artifacts to share with the audience.
Coyotes are present on CAS properties in both Pomfret and Hampton. According to Andy Rzeznikiewicz, Bafflin and Trail Wood sanctuaries land manager, “While livestock and pet owners sometimes come into conflict with them, coyotes are a valuable part of the ecosystem, helping keep rodent and other prey populations under control.”
Paul Colburn is a graduate of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP), an adult education program that trains volunteers in the fields of wildlife management, natural history, and interpretation.
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