Monday, December 08, 2014

"Becoming Wild: Eastern Coyote in New England" Dec. 17, 7pm

      Thousands of eastern coyotes live among us---rarely seen, often heard, and frequently discussed. Some people resent their presence and fear them as predators of pets, livestock and game animals. Others admire their resilience and are thrilled to hear their return-to-the-wild howl and all it represents. In short, the coyote is a topic of contention.
      On Wednesday evening, December 17 at 7pm, the Dover Public Library will welcome Project Coyote Representative and Wild Canid Ecologist Christine Schadler to discuss this controversial animal and how people and wildlife can coexist through compassionate conservation.
      Christine earned a Master’s of Science in Conservation Biology at Antioch University. Her thesis focused on the natural recovery of the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan.  She taught Conservation Issues, Dendrology, and Wolf Ecology at UNH, and continues to instruct and mentor adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.
      While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’s attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England.  She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies.  Using sound livestock management and common sense, she avoided any predation. She is also working on a book “Becoming Wolf:  The Eastern Coyote in New England”.  Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire researching coyote feeding patterns in a mosaic of farms and woodlots.
      This program is free and open to the public. For more information call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.

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