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Media Advisory : Coyotes in the Washington, D.C. Area: Free Public Workshop
Released: 4/16/2007 10:43:58 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Marilyn Whitehead 1-click interview
Phone: 301-497-5503

Tracey McIntire
Phone: 301-548-7793



Who:               Speakers: Dr. Stan Gehrt of the Ohio State University and Dr. Seth Riley of the National Park Service.

                   This event is sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Humane Society of the United States.

What:           Workshop: Urban Ecology of Coyotes in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area

                    The general public is welcome. Admission is free.

When:           Saturday, April 21, 2007

                    Two identical sessions: 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

                    Each session will include time for questions.

Where:         National Wildlife Visitors Center

                   Patuxent Research Refuge

                   Laurel, Md.

                   About 1 mile west of Rt.197 on Powder Mill Road

                   Map and Directions:

                   http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent/VClocation.html

Why:    Typically thought of as a symbol of the West, coyotes have expanded their range to include the Washington, D.C. area, the last major urban area in the continental U.S. to become their territory. Based on Dr. Gehrt and Dr. Riley's work in Chicago and Los Angeles, where coyotes have lived among people for years, the workshop will discuss how people can get along with coyotes, how to keep them from becoming a nuisance, and how we can keep them wild.


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