About Chris Mowry
I am an Associate Professor of Biology at Berry College. I have lived in metro Atlanta since 1982 and received my Ph.D. in biology from Emory University. As an animal ecologist, I study both coyotes and African primates. My work with coyotes began in 2002. I teach undergraduate courses in zoology, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology.
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Entries by Chris Mowry
By conducting whole-genome sequence analysis on 28 canids—including gray wolves, red wolves, eastern wolves, coyotes, and even domestic dogs—the team found that the red wolf is about 25 percent gray wolf and 75 percent coyote, while the eastern wolf is about 50 to 75 percent gray wolf, and roughly one quarter coyote. Read more ….
Laboratory tests conducted by the Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed that the rabid coyote that was involved in two altercations in Roswell, Georgia’s Leita Thompson Park on July 10 and 11, 2016, did indeed harbor the raccoon variant of the virus. In other words, this coyote contracted the disease from a raccoon, which is […]
South Carolina has initiated a coyote bounty program. The state’s Department of Natural Resources is incentivizing hunters to kill coyotes with the hopes of reducing coyote populations. This is yet another sad example of a misguided attempt at controlling predator populations. The accompanying graphic, which was produced by the Humane Society, shows why killing coyotes as a […]
Living With Coyote, a short documentary by Priya Shelly, follows generational sheepherders and urban biologists in the American West who share a common topic of concern: coyote presence. With rural coyotes predating on lambs in the Rocky Mountain ranges and urban coyotes feasting on garbage, small pets and fruit trees in suburban/urban areas, killing the […]
Coyotes Captured and Euthanized in Sandy Springs This story on CBS46.com is a prime example of what we call a “vicious cycle of trapping and killing,” which we hope can be minimized or avoided with the help of public education and awareness. There are better and more effective ways to address human-coyote conflict. Read the comments […]