A state wildlife biologist give a presentation entitled "Coyotes in Connecticut" Thursday, July 14, in the Nature Center at Sherwood Island State Park.

Chris Vann, a nuisance-wildlife biologist with the state Department of Environmental Protection, at 6 p.m. will lecture on the increase in coyotes in populated areas of the state and discuss public fears about the predators killing small pets.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park and is appropriate for adults and teenagers, sponsors said. The lecture is free and open to the public, and entrance to the park will be free at the time of the lecture. Lemonade and cookies will be served, the sponsors said.

Small dogs and cats were killed by coyotes last winter in both Westport and neighboring Fairfield. Vann will offer tips for preventing and resolving coyote conflicts.

For more information visit the park friends' website -- www.friendsofsherwoodisland.org -- or email info@friendsofsherwoodisland.org.