"They moved into the state on their own. They haven't been here very long and we haven't done any studies on them, even the mid-Atlantic region in general, none of them have done coyote studies at all." says Albers.
That means West Virginia would be at the forefront of coyote knowledge in this part of the United States, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stands to gain a lot from this study.
"Usually, in baseline data, we try to get, especially with carnivores, is what are they eating because that will help us understand what species they are impacting and help the DNR and United States Wildlife Services manage them better. I get scat samples and stomach samples and I try to get all the seasons covered."
That way we'll know what they eat Spring, Winter, Summer and Fall.
Geriann needs a lot of help to get enough coyotes to do a comprehensive study, and that help comes from all over the state.
"Let's take a look at this guy. I just picked him up yesterday. Wildlife Services are the people that do livestock protection around farms and they're one of the three ways I get a lot of my samples They bring me the animals they have either trapped or hunted over carcasses, so I get those animals from fur hunters and trappers."
A collaborative effort that will help the DNR better manage coyotes.
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