The Real Eastern Coyote
July 7, 2022 7pm
Myths surround the coyote and cloud our understanding of it. Learn the true story of the eastern coyote – how and when it arrived in New England, how it lives among us but is rarely seen and how it contributes toward keeping our forests and fields healthy. Learn why it is a creature of our own making – an animal different from the western coyote in genetics and behavior but with the same superior resilience and adaptability. It is smart, beneficial and by its presence, gives “wild” back to our wild lands. This new wild also requires that livestock and pet owners step up and steward creatures with greater care.
Despite the ecological benefits the coyote brings, it is the most persecuted carnivore in North America. And despite human efforts to eradicate it, it survives and thrives among us.
Whether you farm, hike or garden, “understanding the mind and ecology of the coyote can keep us one step ahead of problems,” according to Chris, who, with 30 years of wolf and coyote research, sheep farming, and teaching, will demonstrate that “knowledge is power” when it comes to living with coyotes.
Bio: Chris Schadler, M.S., Conservation Biology, is the NH and VT Representative for Project Coyote, a national organization promoting coexistence with coyotes. Chris co-founded the NH Wildlife Coalition, a wildlife advocacy group of scientists who also aim to broaden public input into wildlife decision-making. She is a member of the town Conservation Commission and Chairs the Select Board in Webster, NH.
(photo of Chris Schadler courtesy of Susan Lirakis)