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Coyotes in Connecticut

There has been a remarkable resurgence of wildlife in Northwest Connecticut in the past 50 years. Beavers, bears, bobcats, turkeys—even the occasional moose have established homes in local forests. But perhaps one of the most successful inhabitants of the forests is an animal not indigenous to the state.

Coyotes were not originally found in Connecticut but extended their range eastward during the last century from the western plains and midwestern United States, through Canada and into the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Coyotes were first reported in Connecticut in the mid-1950s.

For the next 10 years, most coyote reports were from Northwestern Connecticut but the animals eventually expanded their range throughout the state and are now a part of Connecticut’s ecosystem. The coyote has adapted to humans and can thrive in close proximity to populated areas.

On Saturday, Paul Colburn, a graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program, will introduce area residents to the natural history of coyotes in Connecticut, giving an overview of coyote habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts.

The talk will provide practical recommendations for coexistence with coyotes and bears. The program, which will run between 60 and 90 minutes, is intended for ages 12 and older. It will be presented at the Kent Memorial Library at 2PM.

There is a suggested donation of $5. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance by calling 860-927-3761 by clicking the link below.

The library is located at 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent.