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Furbearer Biologist

Ky. Dept. of Fish

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According to Laura Patton, ..., 23 April 2012 [cached]
According to Laura Patton, Furbearer Biologist for the Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, coyotes "will kill and eat domestic cats, but attacks on small dogs are often related to territorial issues more than feeding."
Don't you love her title -- "Furbearer" Biologist. I wonder if that refers to her or to the animals she studies.
"Trapping is used as a ..., 11 Jan 2009 [cached]
"Trapping is used as a management tool to both increase populations and reduce populations," said Laura Patton, furbearer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Coyote sightings breed concern in Douglass Hills, 21 Feb 2006 [cached]
Laura Patton, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said that may indeed have been the case.
"They don't stick around, but a few sightings generate fear," she said.
Patton said it's now more common for coyotes, which can weigh up to 45 pounds, to move into suburban and even urban areas."They're living in cities and in people's back yards.In most cases you don't know they're there," she said.
Although Fish and Wildlife can help put a city in touch with people who deal with nuisance wildlife, she said it is difficult to get rid of coyotes.
"They're really adaptable.Eradicating generally doesn't work," she said.That's because, when hunted, coyotes begin breeding younger and having larger litters.The best thing to do is educate the public, she said.
Patton said she hasn't heard of any coyotes harming people in Kentucky."They're generally wary of humans," she said.
Wildlife biologist Laura Patton of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers these suggestions:
The Ledger Independent - Maysville, Kentucky, 29 July 2006 [cached]
Laura Patton, a fur bearer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, said she had plans to call the Lewis County Sheriff's Office on Friday.She went on to say that if one should find an injured wild animal, he or she should "leave them where they are."Patton said especially with younger animals, the mother may be nearby.Many times, the adult animal will come back for the young animal, even if it takes awhile.
However, if individuals are worried about the safety or health of the animal, he or she may contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Information Center by dialing 1-800-858-1549 or one can visit the Web site at advises that wild animals be taken to a trained rehabilitator in the area.The information center and the Web site will direct people to area rehabilitators.Patton said that many times, the rehabilitator will transport the animal.
Patton also said that bobcats are "pretty abundant" in Lewis and Greenup counties and their population has been increasing over the past few years.However, she said that it is a "pretty neat thing to see one," because bobcats are "pretty shy and secretive."
According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, bobcats live in a variety of habitats.They inhabit forests, swamps, mountains and agricultural land.Bobcats feast on rodents, rabbits and on occasional carcasses.Bobcats breed in February and March and have a two-month gestational period.Patton said that bobcats can have kittens until September.
ADWA - Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Wildlife Management Through Trapping, 9 Jan 2009 [cached]
"Trapping is used as a management tool to both increase populations and reduce populations," said Laura Patton, furbearer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
"All the otters were trapped using foothold traps, and all were released unharmed," Patton said.
"Trapping is far less time-consuming than hunting," said Patton. "Farmers may not have time to sit out there with a gun all day. They can set snares under fences or foothold traps along trails. It just takes a few minutes to set the trap, and then they can check it once a day."
Trapping is also highly effective. "In an area like a marina or farm pond, trappers can definitely take care of a problem muskrat or river otter," Patton said.
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