Fox explains coyotes’ importance

Executive director of Project Coyote, Camilla Fox will present “Wild Things: Coexisting with North America’s Native Carnivores” as the next lecture in the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series.

Camilla H. Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “Wild Things: Coexisting with North America’s Native Carnivores” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St. The lecture is free to the public, and refreshments will be served.

America’s war against predators is costly, brutal and often ineffective. Fox will explain why native carnivores matter and their role in keeping ecosystems healthy. She’ll also discuss why educated coexistence is the way forward.

Project Coyote is a national coalition of scientists and educators that promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence among people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy. Fox has served in leadership positions with the Animal Protection Institute, Fur-Bearer Defenders and Rainforest Action Network. She has spearheaded national, state and local campaigns aimed at protecting native carnivores and fostering humane and ecologically sound solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.

With more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of wildlife and wildlands and a master’s degree in wildlife ecology, policy and conservation, Fox’s work has been featured in the documentaries Coyote: The Hunted Hunter, American Coyote: Still Wild at Heart, Wild Things and On Nature’s Terms. She has written more than 70 articles, including many for The Huffington Post. She is co-author of Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore, co-editor and lead author of the book Cull of the Wild: A Contemporary Analysis of Trapping in the United States and producer of the award-winning documentary Cull of the Wild: The Truth Behind Trapping.

Fox was appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and serves on several nonprofit advisory boards, including Living with Wolves, the Northeast Wolf Coalition, the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration and the Felidae Conservation Fund. She was named Conservationist of the Year by the John Muir Association in 2014 and Humanitarian of the Year by the Marin Humane Society in 2006. In 2013, she was named one of the 100 Guardian Angels of the Planet.

The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, in its 15th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida. For more information, visit www.CollegiatePeaksForum.org.