A few days ago, I posted a story about a deadly coyote attack on a Westporter’s beloved dog.
Many “06880” readers responded with comments.
Third selectman Helen Garten responded by contacting colleagues on the Connecticut Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She wondered if there are ways to prevent coyote conflicts without resorting to hunting or trapping — both of which have limited effectiveness in a suburb like Westport.
Laura Simon — a wildlife ecologist who has helped other communities, and whose work has been featured in the New York Times, on NPR and the Ellen DeGeneres Show — volunteered to come here. On Thursday.
So on February 9 (7 p.m., Town Hall auditorium), she’ll answer questions about coyote behavior, and provide alternative solutions.
The meeting will also include information on current state legislative efforts to ban trapping.
“Before we make decisions with lasting consequences, we owe it to ourselves to understand all options,” Garten says.
The public is invited to attend.