Learn how to get along with coyotes

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 13, 2014 

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A coyote stands in the sunshine in a field.

TONY OVERMAN — Staff Photographer Buy Photo

The increasing overlap of coyote and human habitats is a phenomenon occurring over many areas of North America. Puget Sound is not immune to the trend. The result: “Missing Cat” posters and an increasing persecution of the wild canines.

On Feb. 26 the City of Gig Harbor, along with West Sound Wildlife Shelter, will host a presentation on co-existing with the native species. The free session is from 6–8 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street.  The talk will give coyote facts and tips on living in harmony with the animals.

Quiet nights bring the romantic howl of the coyote and sometimes the sounds of their vociferous disputes. Unlike many wildlife species coyotes haven’t been hurt by the expansion of the human environment and many studies indicate they have benefited from it. Though coyotes are mostly nocturnal and shy around humans they adapt well to living off the detritus of society.

Despite their occasional romp through a garbage can or meal made out of a cat coyotes are an important part of a healthy and diverse ecosystem. They keep mice, rats and other rodents at manageable levels.

For additional information about the event contact Shawna Wise at wises@cityofgigharbor.net

 

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