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January 2015

Congratulations to Erica Newton on her new job! She will be leaving our research team to work as a Bear Analyst for Dr. Martyn Obbard.



May 2014

Thanks to all the presenters and attendees of the Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference last month. We also send our gratitude to our co-hosts, Trent University and the Wolf Conservation Center. Digital copies of presentations are available here.



April 17, 2014

Congratulations to Luke Vander Vennen on his successful MSc defense!



March 2014

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Trent University will be sponsoring this year’s Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from April 23-24th. Thanks to our friends at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, you can register online now. Please click here for more information and to register. Early bird registration is until March 21st. If you’re interested in presenting or want further details, contact Brent Patterson ( We look forward to seeing you all there!



October 2013

Tyler Wheeldon will be attending the International Wolf Symposium in Duluth, Minnesota where he will be giving two presentations. The first presentation will focus on the genetic and morphological differentiation of wolves and coyotes in northeastern Ontario. Tyler’s second talk will discuss the morphological and genetic comparisons of western Great Lakes state wolves, with a discussion of taxonomic and management implications.



September 2013

If you deer hunt in WMU 64A, 64B, or 66B, you’re invited to take part in a study of white-tailed deer populations in and around Marlborough Forest. Click here for more details.



May 2013

We welcome Erica Newton to our team as a Wildlife Research Biologist Intern. This month, we also began live-trapping and radio-collaring coyotes west of Toronto, Ontario, as part of a study looking at movement patterns and demographics of coyotes in an urban landscape.



April 26, 2013

Congratulations to John Benson on his successful PhD thesis defense!



March 28, 2013

If you missed getting a copy of The Raven from your trip to Algonquin Park last summer, which features our research on Eastern wolves, get a copy here.



March 12, 2013

In 2011, a documentary on National Geographic called “Killed by Coyotes?” highlighted a fatal coyote attack on a young woman in eastern Canada. Watch the documentary here.



February 14, 2013

Some of our research on coyotes in Toronto and Eastern wolves in Algonquin Park was featured in the documentary “Meet the Coywolf” on CBC’s The Nature of Things. Although the documentary provides some interesting information to the public on the colonization of eastern North America by coyotes and highlights results from current research regarding behaviour, diet, movement, etc., we do not agree with the use of the term ‘coywolf’. Eastern coyotes, as they should be called, are not a new species and a term like coywolf is misleading and inappropriate. Click here to see the documentary.



January 14, 2013

We are back in the field collaring white-tailed deer. Don’t forget to follow the action on Twitter @thedeerproject .



October 2012

Interested in learning more about our northern Ontario wolf-caribou project? Find out more here in a recent article published in BioScience.



October 2012

John Benson attended the The Wildlife Society conference in Portland, Oregon where he gave the talk ‘Spatial genetic structure, morphology and landscape associations in a Canis hybrid zone’.



September 24-27, 2012

Keith Munro attended the Pathways to Success Conference: Integrating Humans Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management in Breckenridge, Colorado where he presented his talk ‘Can landowner decisions influence white-tailed deer management? Exploring restricted hunting access to private land’.



July 25, 2012

Chex-TV aired a short news clip on our current coyote projects. Click here to see the video. 



June 2012

John Benson attended the American Society of Mammalogists conference in Reno, Nevada where he gave the talk ‘Genotype-specific survival of wolves and coyotes in a 3-species hybrid zone’.



June 1, 2012

We are currently looking for sheep producers to participate in a coyote depredation mitigation study. For more information, please contact Brent Patterson (



May 8, 2012

Keep up-to-date on our deer field research on Twitter @thedeerproject



April 30, 2012

Congratulations to Morgan Anderson and Scott Moffatt on their successful thesis defenses this month!



March 2, 2012

Click here for an article from CBC News on the Marlborough deer research project.



September 7, 2011

The 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society is being held in Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 25-26. REGISTER ONLINE or find out more information here.



July 20, 2011

Dr. Patterson was interviewed on CBC radio’s ‘Ontario Morning’ about the coyote research study in Prince Edward County. Listen to the full interview.



April 2010

Thanks to all presenters and attendees of the 2010 Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference. Digital copies of presentations available here.