Founder Wildlife in Neighborhoods
In 2004, Linda Bolon and her husband moved to Goodyear, Arizona from San Jose, California. She first became involved in coyote related issues when neighbors rallied for removing coyotes from the community resulting from conflicts with pets. As a direct result of these conflicts and lack of community information about coyotes, Bolon founded Wildlife in Neighborhoods in 2005 and began lecturing throughout Arizona.
This program has successfully reduced conflicts and provides information about coyotes, dispels myths and explains how we can coexist. In 2005, she was involved with the Animal Protection Institute and in 2008 she began with Project Coyote until 2019.
Bolon, with four concerned Arizona residents, unrelentingly spearheaded a change to AZGFD existing rule allowing predator contests (wanton and wasteful killing for prizes and money). The Governor’s Regulatory Review Board and AZGFD Commission passed the rule in June 2019 for implementation in 2020.
Recommended reading: Coyote America by Dan Flores 2016; Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore by Camilla H. Fox 2005; The Hungry Coyote (children’s book) by Cheryl Blackford 2015