- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for Coyote listening sessions scheduled
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
In response to concerns about coyote hunting contests, MassWildlife is holding a series of listening sessions across the state. During these sessions, MassWildlife will share information about coyote management and coyote hunting regulations and hear input and concerns from the public.
The next session will be:
- Tuesday, June 18, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Admiral's Hall, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA)
The sessions include a short presentation by MassWildlife staff, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and give feedback. Comments are limited to 2 minutes so that all attendees have a chance to share ideas and concerns. This is the final of four listening sessions; the first was held in Barnstable in April, the second was held in Shelburne Falls in May, and the third was held in Westford in June.
The listening session is an important part of the process that MassWildlife employs when reviewing policy and regulations. As a first step in this review, MassWildlife professional staff will examine the best available science, consult with other outside professionals, solicit input from stakeholders, and, if warranted, prepare recommendations for the Fisheries and Wildlife Board to consider. MassWildlife will consider public feedback received in writing and at these listening sessions and determine what, if any, regulatory changes to recommend to the Board. If the Board endorses a regulatory change, a formal public hearing and public comment period will be scheduled at a later date.
Anyone unable to attend a listening session can provide feedback and comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending written correspondence to: MassWildlife, Attn: Coyote Feedback, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581.