SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Library will host wildlife conservationist Paul Colburn Nov. 6 for a discussion on coyotes in Connecticut.
The program, “Coyotes in Connecticut: Friend or Foe?,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 255 Main St.
Colburn, a graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will speak on the history of coyotes in Connecticut and offer an overview on coyote habitat, diet, behavior and reproduction.
“He will also share practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our coyote population,” said library Director Susan Smayda. “Coyote artifacts will be shared with the audience.”
The DEEP website, ct.gov/deep, also provides information on coyotes. It goes into the history of the species, which was not originally from Connecticut but migrated from the Midwest during the last 100 years.
The website also advises people on spotting the difference between a coyote and a dog, coyote habitat and diet and precautions to take around coyotes. The site warns not to leave food out for coyotes - or any mammals - and advises that they can be scared off by making loud noises and acting aggressively.
DEEP also warns that coyotes will attack small dogs and cats under 25 pounds and advises pet owners not to let their pets roam free. They may also attack livestock, such as sheep or fowl, and kennels. Coyote-proof fencing and guard dogs are recommended.
The Master Wildlife Conservationist Program at DEEP is an adult education program that trains participants in wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. The purpose of the program is to develop a volunteer corps capable of providing education, outreach, and service for state agencies, environmental organizations, libraries, schools and the general public.
Colburn volunteers in many capacities statewide. His interests include the outdoors, nature, hiking, biking, politics and travel. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and served in the Army.
The program is intended for teens and older. For more information, call Southington Public Library at 860-628-0947 or visit southingtonlibrary.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.