The elusive coyote
Coyotes existed in Goodyear long before PebbleCreek was a glimmer in Ed Robson’s eye, but with development and coyotes' appetite for small animals - rabbits, rats and, unfortunately, small dogs and cats - conflicts were bound to arise between these native carnivores and the people who moved here.
Linda Bolon, who moved to Goodyear from San Jose, Calif., in 2004, was alarmed when her new neighbors wanted to remove all coyotes from PebbleCreek. Sensing a lack of information and understanding about coyotes and how they can coexist in suburban areas, Bolon founded Wildlife in Neighborhoods in 2005.
Lecturing widely throughout Arizona, Bolon provides information about coyotes, dispels myths about the animals, and explains actions neighborhoods can take to coexist with them. Then, in 2008, she joined Project Coyote, a nonprofit based in California, that promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy.
At 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Bolon will discuss coyote characteristics and types, diet, territory size, reproduction, dens, overpopulation, ecological importance and benefits, normal-versus-aggressive behaviors, vocalizations, attack statistics, and proven hazing/scaring techniques. In lieu of the normal $5 admission, LifeLong Learning will give all donations made that morning to PC Pet Companions Club.
Bolon is active in animal protection as a part-time activist and works to ban wildlife-killing contests in Arizona. On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wild animals are massacred in contests, with cash and prizes awarded to the “hunters” who kill the largest or the most of a targeted species. Coyotes, bobcats, wolves, mountain lions and foxes are common victims of these contests.
Bolon, with four concerned Arizona residents, spearheaded a request to change Arizona Game and Fish Commission's former rule that allowed predator contests.The commission voted unanimously in June 2019 to ban such events, in which participants competed to kill the greatest number, the largest, or even the youngest of the targeted wildlife species for “entertainment” and prizes.
For more information:
Visit Project Coyote.