Ohio College Students Wily In Study Of Coyotes

Researching are looking for secrets about the illusive coyote to help craft a wildlife management plan.(Photo: Amit Patel)
Researching are looking for secrets about the illusive coyote to help craft a wildlife management plan.(Photo: Amit Patel)

A study of coyotes in Northeast Ohio is focused on how the secretive animals move and live in the Cuyahoga Valley in an effort to help parks shape their wildlife management plans.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the University of Akron, Ohio State University and the nonprofit Wild4Ever are working on the project with parks officials.

Researchers are tracking 16 coyotes that are wearing $4,000 collars with global positioning systems. The coyotes were caught and given identifying microchips and ear tags before they were released.

Akron graduate student Bethany Wallace says the project can be consuming. She’s even been known to use her car to haul dried deer carcasses used as bait for coyotes.

The animals are found throughout Ohio, but there’s no precise count of them.

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