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Local Residents Came to Learn About Urban Coyotes August 6th

Local Residents Came to Learn About Urban Coyotes August 6th

Urban Coyote Program with Free Hot Dogs 08-06-14

Tina Dinzl-Pederson, Interpretive Specialist at Cama Beach State Park, brought her collection of mounted native wildlife for kids to example and touch to the park the evening of August 6th. The specimens included a coyote, bear, beaver, wolverine, barred owl, and other interesting critters. Coyotes are commonly seen in the park and surrounding neighborhoods, so there is a lot of interest from residents. Tina describes the lives of coyotes, what they eat, how many pups adults usually have, and how the population does extremely well in suburban areas like ours. She cautioned people to keep their cats inside at night, as urban coyotes are known to take small pets. Although coyotes in in the West are rarely aggressive to people, for those nervous about meeting coyotes on the trails in the park Tina advised that they should keep eye contact, look large, and not run. The crowd enjoyed free hot dogs and drinks, kids got to make necklaces to take hone, and all had a chance to ask Tina questions about coyotes and other wildlife in our area.

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