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Lifestyle

Doty to share info, stories on coyotes

University of Illinois Extension educator Peggy Doty will offer a program on coyotes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Because of recent concerns about coyotes on the new path along the branch of the Kishwaukee River south of Sycamore Middle School, Doty wants to offer insight into these wild canines so people have a better understanding of what to expect from them.

“They are not just on the path, they live in and out of all of our neighborhoods,” Doty said in a news release.

Coyotes could be one of the most misunderstood species in Illinois. Cunning, social, resilient, opportunistic, faithful, adaptive, shy, successful, hated and inspirational are all words that have been used to describe coyotes. They conjure up mixed feelings of fear, anger, and for some, wild beauty. Coyotes also take the blame for many things they do and do not do in our spaces. They, nonetheless, should get the award for best survivalist despite the human population.

We have eliminated natural predators and natural barriers, which paved the way for the coyote to explore all the areas of the U.S. and more. This includes suburbs and cities alike.

Now with coyotes in the urban world, we hear more about them. This adaptation to urban living is changing how we view them even though our rural coyotes still function the way they have for decades. We have a greater awareness of their presence but there still is a lot about the wild canine that is misunderstood.

The program is designed to increase understanding of coyote behaviors and what to expect from them in your neighborhood. Doty will share information and stories.

“Coyotes are my favorite wild mammal because of their inquisitive behaviors, their devotion to family and incredible intelligence,” Doty said in the release. “They also need to be managed like many of our other wildlife.”

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