The Eastern coyote is larger than its western ancestor because it gained size by breeding with Eastern wolves (Canis lycaon) in southern Canada before it moved into our area. Our resulting Eastern coyote has evolved with the coyote's adaptability in being able to live close to people and eat a wide range of foods while its larger size enables it to survive in our deep snow winters.
If you would like to learn more about coyotes and have a chance to provide input to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, plan on attending the public informational meeting being held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
"We are holding the meeting to provide scientific information on the natural history and management of coyotes in Vermont, and we will offer the public an opportunity to comment on coyote management issues and coyote hunting contests," said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche.
The department may use input received at the meeting in crafting regulations at a later date.
The meeting will be 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Old Dorm Lounge on the Vermont Technical College Campus in Randolph Center, Exit 4 off Interstate 89.