Discovery Park To Host Education Program on Coyotes

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold an educational session on coyotes at the Discovery Park Environmental Education Center, 3801 W Government Way, at 7:00 pm Thursday, March 4.

Nature correspondent and blogger Denny Ryan will talk about “The Urban Coyote” and its not-so-secret urban life.

Learn about the behavior, biology, and habitat of coyotes. Find out why they have been able to adapt to urban life unlike many other predators. Learn what you need to know to avoid conflicts with coyotes and keep your pet safe. Explore the relationship between wolves and dogs. Ask questions and share stories.

The recent presence of coyotes in Discovery Park and in the Magnolia neighborhood have led to some uncertainty about what to do to live side by side with native wildlife, and what to do when you encounter it.

There were coyote sightings in the Discovery Park area  in January of 2008 and in January of 2010. In the latter case, after a coyote attacked an unleashed dog, the Washington Wildlife Services Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture caught a coyote in a leg trap and killed it.

Denny is a nature correspondent who writes the BLOG ‘Knowing Nature with Denny,’ www.gotodenny.com. He is also the Okanogan County field representative for the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP).

For more information on urban coyotes, please see the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web site: http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/coyotes.htm.[mappress]

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