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Grace RiggsFollow

Start Date

11-12-2018 4:30 PM

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Interactions between humans and local wildlife are inherent to urbanization and have created a demand for management solutions. The Long Beach Coyote Study and Management Program aims to advance the understanding of the urban coyote population in Long Beach, California. In addition to using preexisting data collected by wildlife services, the team is working to assemble more information on the behavior and distribution of urban coyotes by means of scat analysis. The main components of the study include monitoring coyote activity and dispersal patterns, how the urban environment affects coyote living strategies, and a dietary analysis. Now in its second year, this integral part of the project will augment its data through genetic analysis of scat to determine the diet of Canis latrans. It is speculated amongst residents that coyotes are the culprits for the loss of their household pets, but genetic analysis of scat samples will determine exactly what the prey items of the Long Beach coyotes are, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of how to coexist with the coyote population.

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Dec 11th, 4:30 PM

The City of Long Beach Coyote Study and Management Project

Interactions between humans and local wildlife are inherent to urbanization and have created a demand for management solutions. The Long Beach Coyote Study and Management Program aims to advance the understanding of the urban coyote population in Long Beach, California. In addition to using preexisting data collected by wildlife services, the team is working to assemble more information on the behavior and distribution of urban coyotes by means of scat analysis. The main components of the study include monitoring coyote activity and dispersal patterns, how the urban environment affects coyote living strategies, and a dietary analysis. Now in its second year, this integral part of the project will augment its data through genetic analysis of scat to determine the diet of Canis latrans. It is speculated amongst residents that coyotes are the culprits for the loss of their household pets, but genetic analysis of scat samples will determine exactly what the prey items of the Long Beach coyotes are, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of how to coexist with the coyote population.