CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – A free public event Wednesday night will discuss coyotes in urban areas.

The event will be held at Ohio State University’s extension office in Canfield this evening from 6:30-8:30.

Dr. Stan Gehrt is a OSU Extension wildlife specialist and coyote expert. He will present the evening program.

In his research he’s found that humans and coyotes are interacting more as coyotes adjust to urban areas. Coyotes have colonized virtually every major metropolitan area in the United States and Canada, including in the Mahoning Valley.

“Coyotes have really naturalized to living with humans. They are more likely to survive in our urban areas. Their babies are more likely to survive. There’s more food, more water and more shelter in urban areas for them to just hang out and have a good time. So they’ve just figured out how to live with humans and have a good time,” said Eric Barrett, an OSU extension educator.

Space is limited at the free event so those planning to attend are asked to call and reserve a space at 330-533-5538.