My brother and I spent some time at the lake over the holidays.  He could hardly control his excitement when he swore me to secrecy about an announcement that would be coming out in January.  He was recruited by Camilla H. Fox- Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote.  Their mission: Project Coyote promotes educated coexistence between people and coyotes; we do this by championing progressive management policies that reduce human-coyote conflict, supporting innovative scientific research, and by fostering respect for and understanding of America’s native wild “song dog.” 

He was recognized and recruited for his expertise, knowledge, hard work and passion for his love of coyotes,and all wildlife.  He has spent countless hours in the pursuit of preserving coyotes, while educating the public on how to co-exist with them.  He has trapped, cared for and released sick or injured coyotes back into the wild and followed their progress. 

I couldn’t be prouder of, and for, my brother.  It is official, he is the Massachusetts Representative for Project Coyote. 

Allow me to gloat, while I post the announcement below:

John Maguranis – Massachusetts Representative

John Maguranis served as a United States Army veterinary technician for more than twenty-years, caring for a wide range of animals from bald eagles to bison. Upon retiring from the army ten years ago and following his love for animals, John became an Animal Control Officer for a small town near Boston, Massachusetts where he has been able to put his veterinary skills to work for wildlife. John quickly recognized the unfair press regarding coyotes and started a campaign to educate the community about why coyotes matter ecologically and why they deserve respect and appreciation. John has since provided over 100 public and private presentations about living with coyotes, empowering communities and Animal Control Officers (ACOs) with the tools, information, and resources they need to coexist with coyotes. His presentations have been requested from organizations that include the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Association, and the Boston Park Rangers. He has provided classes to the Animal Control Officer Certification School for Massachusetts and working with Project Coyote will expand our outreach to the animal services community.

John’s love for the environment, wildlife, and ecology has driven him to become a strong advocate for America’s Song Dog and conservation issues. He has worked collaboratively with many organizations and researchers throughout New England on policy related issues and field research while advocating for better treatment of coyotes and all wildlife. John’s passion and engaging personality have been instrumental in helping to foster educated coexistence and compassionate conservation throughout New England. His ability to distill information from scientists, researchers and biologists and present it in a way that is meaningful and memorable has earned him recognition throughout the North East.