Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
This paper examines the ways in which Vermonters receive information about the state’s eastern coyote population and how this impacts behaviors and beliefs towards this animal. Coyotes often receive negative attention, not just in New England, but around the country due to their resiliency and ability to live in close proximity to humans. In Vermont, information about the eastern coyote is shared through several different avenues, including internet and print media, legislative bills, word of mouth, and sightings and hunting experiences in Vermont’s backwoods country. Educational resources written for community members and students are needed in order to transfer accurate coyote information and to help clarify coyote misunderstandings that easily spread through many information outlets. The Coyote Community activity guide designed for this project helps promote coyote coexistence efforts in Vermont by inviting participants to engage in place-based and experiential learning opportunities. The lessons were designed with the intention of helping participants understand the many benefits of living with coyotes in Vermont’s environment and with the hope of enlightening Vermonters to the negative side effects of year-round coyote hunting practices.
ommunity Building, Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Eastern Coyote
Howard, Jenna, "Understanding Vermonters’ Perspectives of the Eastern Coyote Population" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 550.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects