Learn about coyotes in the Valles Caldera Preserve

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By Special to the Monitor

“Coyotes of the Valles Caldera National Preserve,” a family-friendly talk, will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Wildlife biologist Suzanne Gifford has been studying coyotes on the Preserve since 2005 and will discuss the research she has been conducting on the ecology of the coyote population.

“We have radio-collared 36 coyotes in order to study movements, territories and population characteristics,” Gifford said.

Additionally, there is ongoing study of coyotes’ diets on the Valle Grande.

Gifford will present the questions that they are trying to address with this research, discuss research techniques and present some preliminary results.

The program is free and the whole community is encouraged to attend. PEEC is located at 3540 Orange St., behind Los Alamos High School. Call 662-0460 or visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, for further information.