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Coyote Talk Scheduled for Sunday in Tarrytown

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Coexistence with coyotes is possible: that's the message Frank Vincenti wants to send in a talk Sunday in Tarrytown.

Vincenti is director of the Wild Dog Foundation , a Long Island-based organization that seeks to preserve the world's wild canines. He will lead a talk about coyotes at the Carrollwood Condominiums complex at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The talk is open to all.

The foundation works in support of other wild dog species, such as the fox, Vincenti said. Coyotes, he said, just happen to be a favorite. He has been working in support of wildlife for more than 20 years.

“I'd like to reach a broader audience,” he said. His goal is to teach people about coyotes and their behaviors — including clearing up misinterpretations that may cause concerns.

Several dozen coyote sightings have been reported in Tarrytown within the past six months, including a recent string of sightings near MacArthur Lane that alarmed residents. A coyote chased a woman and her 6-year-old daughter into their house within the Edgemont Condominium complex in March, a Tarrytown police report said. Another coyote was spotted near the complex's playground. The complex's manager has hired someone to trap coyotes.

Vincenti says he sympathizes with communities concerned about coyotes, and he wants to help. Sunday's talk will include discussions on how to prevent the rare instances when a coyote may harm people, Vincenti said.

“But I do come from the coyote's perspective," he said.

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