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Malden to hold wildlife forum to educate residents on coyotes, wild turkeys

Posted by Jarret Bencks  March 22, 2013 09:54 AM

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After one was shot by police last year, Malden is holding a wildlife forum for residents on coyotes and other wildlife sometimes spotted in the city.

"They're going to be very visible after Easter," animal control officer Kevin Alkins said. "We're trying to educate people. Residents just don't know, it's not like we can just round these things up and take them somewhere."

Biologists from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will give a presentation and answer questions from residents on April 4, Atkins said. Experts on coyotes and wild turkeys also will be on hand.

Alkins said he receives hundreds of reports of coyotes every year, starting in the spring and running through the fall. Typically, they are spotted near Middlesex Fells Reservation, and are not considered a danger unless they foray into the city, he said. The coyote shot last October entered the city and wouldn't leave, Alkins said.

"It became a public safety issue," he said.

The April 4 forum will be held at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at Malden Government Center.

More information on coyotes near cities can be found here.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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