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Coyotes in Westchester- Balancing Urban Ecology or Conflict in the Concrete Jungle

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Westchester County has a diverse array of wildlife. It does include animals that may be controversial. A balanced ecosystem is what is needed and for that, carnivores are a part of the equation. 
The coyote has been the subject of much controversy in Rye and sadly much anxiety. While concern may be justified and public safety a priority regarding past events,  people, pets and coyotes can share the landscape with minimal conflict. 
Frank Vincenti of the Wild Dog Foundation attempts to educate residents on coyotes in general, their value to the Westchester ecosystem , what may have taken place in the past, and how to prevent conflicts from happening again.
Scott Peterson April 25, 2014 at 11:43 PM
I understand that we had Police officers armed with weapons they never fired, hunting the Coyotes during the height of the scare a few years ago. Coyote and cops both seem to be solitary pack animals to be sure but at least the Coyote knows how to use the tools he has when hunting so typically only the intended target is harmed. (Dear Reader, I recognize the oxymoron but you may not recognize the fundamentals otherwise I wouldn't have felt the need to write this disclaimer.) I will not state who this report comes from other than to say I have no reason to doubt the persons or their recollection of what transpired on their land; they recounted the event mirthfully though, to be honest.

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