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‘Calling all Coyotes’ Extension meeting rescheduled

Kansas coyotes survive in the plains, pastures, cropland or cities.

Frontier Extension District will host a public meeting, “Calling All Coyotes,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2016, at Celebration Hall at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa.

Charlie Lee, K-State wildlife damage control specialist, will discuss coyote behavior and biology, give tips on calling coyotes, and will discuss how to trap coyotes.

Native American folklore describes the coyote as being a savvy and clever beast. Today coyotes show that savvy as they have adapted to the changing American landscape. Coyotes once lived primarily in the open prairies and deserts, but now roam all of North America, including in many cities. Coyotes have adapted so well that their population is believed to be at an all time high.

These members of the dog family will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, mice, frogs and even deer. They also will eat insects, snakes, watermelon, tomatoes, and other dead animals.

The coyote reminds many of the Old West where the coyote sings as evening turns to night. But for farmers and ranchers the coyote is often referred to as a predator, as it is known to kill lambs, calves, other livestock, and even household pets.

Everyone is invited to learn about coyotes during “Calling All Coyotes.” The fairgrounds are at 1737 S. Elm St., Ottawa. For more information, call Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at 785-828-4438.

Information thanks to Frontier Extension District. Photo thanks to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

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