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Episode 7: Urban Carnivores

Coyotes in your cul-de-sac? Bears in your backyard? Pine martens on your patio? As urbanization continues its sprawl and humans infringe on the natural habitats of all kinds of animals, we need to learn how to coexist with carnivores* in urban areas in ways that are safe and healthy for us and for them! On this episode of "From Ew! to Oh!" I get to talk to three people who are helping to facilitate that coexistence. Dr. Robert Long, Katie Remine, and Dr. Mark Jordan are three members of the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project, a collaboration between Woodland park Zoo and Seattle University.

Listen to the episode here and learn more about the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project by clicking here! Below is some supplemental information from this episode.

A bobcat caught on a camera trap. Photo credit:

A coyote caught on a camera trap while exploring a backyard. Photo credit:

In this episode, Katie Remine mentioned the book Coyote America by Dan Flores. Learn more about it here.

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In the episode, Dr. Mark Jordan mentions the fact that mountain lions have many names. To learn more about why, check out Ethan Shaw's piece, "The Differences Between a Puma, a Cougar and a Mountain Lion".

Finally, if you're curious to know what fishers and martens look like, see below! Thank you all for listening and make sure to share what you learned from this episode with your friends and family!

A fisher! Photo credit: Me.

A marten! Photo credit:

*As I mention in the episode, we will be referring to several species as “carnivores” because based on their tooth structures and relatedness, these animals have been scientifically classified as carnivores. Although some carnivores are carnivorous, many are omnivorous. This is understandably confusing, but when scientists say “carnivores,” they usually mean the taxonomic group, and are not commenting on the animal’s diet.


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