, who has been studying coyotes for 25 years, will talk about co-existing with these predators on Saturday at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
program, which is limited to 15, will be preceded by a talk from wolf and coyote expert Christine Schadler
, who will discuss one predator in particular: the Eastern coyote.
An Eastern coyote was first tracked in New Hampshire in 1944, Schadler
said, and by the 1960s people started to hear them in the woods of northern New England.
"We never had coyotes here before," said Schadler, who is a New England representative for Project Coyote, a national organization that promotes peaceful co-existence with coyotes.
"It wasn't until the wolf was exterminated in the East and West, which was about 1900, that the western coyote began to be able to move."
Coyotes moved in all directions, but as they moved east, she
said, a new kind of animal developed.
"They migrated into southern Canada and bred with a red wolf type, and then came down through northern New England, Connecticut and so on," said Schadler, who has taught conservation and wolf ecology at the University of New Hampshire.
"There's a good dose of wolf DNA in Eastern coyotes."
The New England woods are different now than in our grandparents' time, she
said, when there were neither coyotes nor wolves to worry about.
"For an entire generation people grazed sheep and hunted without any worry about that kind of predator," she
"Those days are gone."
, who has raised sheep in New Hampshire for decades without losing any to predators, said one key to living with coyotes is understanding their reproductive cycles.
"The harder they are hunted, the faster and younger they will reproduce," she