LARCHMONT, N.Y. – “The Wild Dogs Among Us,” a program led by Frank Vicente of the Wild Dog Foundation, will be offered by the Larchmont Public Library.
Vicente sheds light on why coyote sightings and attacks have been on the rise in Westchester County in recent years and what can done to prevent them. The program, scheduled for Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m., is free and open to all.
Over the last 100 years, a new wolflike canid has been infiltrating the northeastern U.S. The Eastern coyote, or “coywolf,” an animal that the last remaining wolves cross-bred with, has been filling the void left by the original wolves that were indigenous to Westchester County and beyond. This coywolf has done well in areas populated by humans and has even adapted to major urban areas, having been officially documented in the New York City area as early as 1995. The number of coyote sightings and attacks in Westchester County has been on the rise in recent years, so it only makes sense to discover why and learn how to best respond should anyone come into contact with one.
Vicente will discuss how the Eastern coyote developed and provide important information about them, such as how to know if they’re close by, what makes them different in appearance to a dog of similar size, why you should never feed one and much more. He will also answer questions from those attending.
Founded in 1996, the Wild Dog Foundation, located in Mineola, Long Island, is a project of the World Carnivore Society, which is dedicated to all carnivores from weasels, cats and bears to hyenas and mongoose. The foundation seeks to promote wolf restoration to the Adirondack State Park in New York state and the Northeast, promote coyotes as an important predator in nature and stop unnecessary persecution.