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Study to examine habits and needs of coyotes

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SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Georgia say a two-year study beginning this month aims to help answer questions about coyotes.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the project is coordinated by Joseph Hinton, a researcher at the University of Georgia. He says that once they understand why coyotes are more successful in some areas than others, they will be able to better advise communities on coyote management.

Trappers contracted by UGA plan to begin capturing and radio-collaring coyotes in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina this month. They will do that again in January and February for each year of the project.

The collars will record the coyotes' locations every four hours for up to two years. The researchers also plan to take DNA samples from the coyotes for genetic analysis.

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