At its next meeting, Thursday, Oct. 14, the North Haven Garden Club will host certified Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn, who will discuss eastern coyotes. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at North Haven Congregational Church. Masks must be worn.
Colburn’s presentation will focus on the history of coyotes in Connecticut and will provide practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our coyote population. Colburn will also share coyote artifacts with the audience.
The eastern coyote entry on Wikipedia states the animal is a “wild North American canine hybrid with both coyote and wolf parentage. The hybridization likely first occurred in the Great Lakes region, as western coyotes moved east. It was first noticed during the early 1930s to the late 1940s, and likely originated in the aftermath of the extirpation of the gray wolf in southeastern Ontario, Labrador and Quebec, thus allowing coyotes to colonize the former wolf ranges, and mix with the remnant wolf populations. This hybrid is smaller than the eastern wolf and holds smaller territories, but is larger and holds more extensive home ranges than the typical western coyote.”
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