Contact(s): Dianne Robinson, DNR wildlife biologist, 262-424-9827; Jenna Kosnicki, DNR assistant furbearer ecologist, 608-261-6452
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hosted a coyote chat Feb. 23, and DNR staff and key partners were on hand to answer nearly 200 questions from more than 1,200 participants (a new record). Those who missed the chat are encouraged to check out the chat transcript.
One group of chat participants in particular, Nate Schultz' sixth grade class from Lake Bluff Elementary in Shorewood, Wis., used the chat to learn more about a coyote's role within the environment.
"My students are learning about the interconnectedness of different populations within an ecosystem and the role humans play in the local environment," said Schultz. "The DNR chat was a great way to connect with experts in the field and learn more about urban coyotes. The chat not only answered our questions, but also taught us new things we had not discussed."
In addition to the chat transcript, other resources are available to help discover which animals may be living in your backyard. The department's guide to mammal tracks in Wisconsin is a great introduction to learning more about wildlife.