Coyote Talk At Catskill Institute on March 4th

I’m happy to tell readers of Bill’s Coyote Post (and everyone else in the area) about a great opportunity to learn more, right from the muzzles of the top experts:

“Wile E. Coyote In Your Backyard: What You Should Know About Canis latrans”

will be presented free and open to the public on Thursday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m., in the Student Lounge in Vanderlyn Hall, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY,  sponsored by the Catskill Institute for the Environment (CIE).

The panel will include Dr. Roland Kays, Curator of Mammals at the NYS Museum, who will speak on “New York’s Coyote/Coydog/Coywolf: What is it and how did it get here?;” Dan Bogan, Ph.D. candidate, Cornell University, discussing “Suburban coyote behavioral ecology: Implications for ecology and management;” and Robin Holevinski, Ph.D. candidate at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, who will address “Foraging Ecology and Population Status of Eastern Coyotes.”

For information and weather confirmation, call 845-687-5231.

Dr. Kays is the Curator of Mammals at the New York State Museum where he studies the ecology and evolution of temperate and tropical carnivores. He is the co-author of a recent paper on coyote-wolf hybridization, and of the Mammals of North America (Princeton University Press Field Guide, 2009).

Dan Bogan has studied coyote behavioral ecology since 2001.  His current research addresses coyote behavior and management recommendations for suburban landscapes.

Robin Holevinski worked as a wildlife biologist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for several years before pursuing her doctoral research on eastern coyotes. Her presentation will focus on assessing coyote kill rates of white-tailed deer using GPS collar technology, and determiningcoyote population status with the use of non-invasive genetic techniques.

The CIE, established in 1998, is a consortium of representatives of colleges, institutions and individuals that coordinates symposia and special programming to promote environmental awareness, education and scientific cooperation in the Catskill region. For more information, contact Dr. Morton (Sam) Adams, chairman,, or go to the Catskill Institute.

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Coyote Photographs by Susan Scheid

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  • David L Said,

    Isn’t Dan Bogan the guy who killed “Hal” the NYC coyote by strangling him with the catch pole just before his release? Based on info we read about him, I guess we can all assume his info will be that coyotes are to be feared. Lousy way to try to get a phD.

  • I saw your presentation tonight 3/4/10 at Ulster Community College and was wondering about the questions raised about Lyme Disease. It was a great presentation and I learned much but felt your answers in regard to Lyme disease were shortcoming. It seemed you did not test for it and were trying to avoid the issue. I understand the hardships involved and that you may not have had the funding.
    Lyme disease affects behavior. Coyotes get Lyme probably by the time they reach adulthood. My dog got Lyme disease by the time he was 4 month’s old and I got Lyme disease when I moved here, it’s endemic in Dutchess and Ulster county and many other places. I noticed in myself the affect of Lyme. It was not good, it affected my moods which affected my behavior and I am a human and have the ability to notice this.
    My dog is not a coyote but he is related. His behaviour changed when he became infected with Lyme disease. He became fearful. This led to aggression.
    If you want to help the coyotes, please take this into consideration. If they are sick with Lyme in a stressed environment they may act against people in an aggressive fashion. Their behavior may be modified and I think it is responsible to take this into account.
    We need them to keep down deer populations but we don’t need them to be sick with Lyme and unnecessarily reacting to people in a way they might not otherwise do. I think this was neglected in your research on behavior of Coyotes.

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