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The birth of four puppies in Nassau County earlier this year marks a significant milestone for the coyote population on Long Island.

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Wild Dog Foundation Director Frank Vincenti educates people about coexistence with wildlife. Through research, they have indicated that established groups are in western Nassau County, one possible group is on the North Fork in Suffolk County, and the rest of the coyotes, known as transits, roam freely.

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“There are about 15 of them,” Vincenti said. “There are about three established family groups.”

His organization is one of about a dozen nonprofits and government agencies that make up the new Long Island Coyote Study Group.

“Long Island is one of the last major blocks of landscape that they haven’t found until recently,” said Michael Bottini, a wildlife biologist. Sitak Environment Association,

Biologists expect coyotes to easily integrate into Long Island habitats and be fully colonized within a decade or two.

As for conflict and confrontation, experts point out that these are easily avoided.

“If we don’t want to feed or tame people, we have most of the problem solved,” said Russell Burke, a professor of biology at Hofstra University. “When people see them, we scare them – make a loud noise and they run away.”

The Long Island Coyote Study Group has found that the pups usually disperse around October but this new litter needs to stay with their parents for the winter before traveling up to 100 miles in any direction to find a new home. have hope.

“They strike in whatever direction appeals to them, and they keep going until they find a habitat of their choice,” Burke said.

We better get used to our new neighbors as experts predict they are not going anywhere anytime soon.