Daria Healey, Cameron DeAngelo, Amy Donahue, Kristie Martin, Andrew Theall, India Jennings, Timothy Brannan, Grace Hewitt, & Jennifer Rebecca Schauer
Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence: Urban Coyotes in Newton, Massachusetts
Abstract: The coyote’s ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments allows for this species to live, travel, and hunt in regions that are affected by human development and urbanization. However, this also increases the potential for human-coyote interactions, a topic which has not been thoroughly studied in the northeastern United States. Nine key themes emerged from this study: (a) physical and emotional distance, (b) aversive conditioning, (c) reliability of the source, (d) affinity for the abstract, (e) willingness to coexist, (f) human initiation, (g) coyote fear of humans, (h) food, and (i) disease. We encourage empathy towards coyotes which promotes peaceful coexistence and meaningful emotional connections.
Keywords: Coyote, Education, Interactions, Urban, Wildlife-Tracking Apps
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