Press Release: Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research Founder publishes Research Obstruction Testimonial called “Blackballed”


Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research founder, Dr. Jonathan Way, publishes a testimonial called “Blackballed”, which documents – in detail – the research obstruction that he has experienced trying to study eastern coyotes/coywolves in Massachusetts. Jon is a father, volunteer coach for youth basketball and football, author of two books and over 40 professional publications, and currently lives and works on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Yet, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries – the same agency that authorizes an unlimited six month hunting season for anyone who wants to kill them – has repeatedly obstructed and denied his research requests.

This testimonial is timely as government corruption related to pandering to special interests is now capturing headlines more than ever. State wildlife agencies cater almost exclusively to narrow user groups despite changing demographics of public trust resources, and when Jon’s work as an independent scientist challenged the status quo policy positions within MA Wildlife his career was essentially terminated. The attached testimonial is Jon’s “coming out”. It’s intended to give readers a specific, informed first-hand account of the power that state agencies wield on obstructing productive field work and discriminating against freedom of speech when scientists challenge their authority and policies.

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About Jonathan Way

Jonathan (Jon) Way has a B.S. (UMass Amherst), M.S. (UConn Storrs), and doctorate (Boston College) related to the study of eastern coyotes/coywolves. He is the author of 2 books: 1) Suburban Howls, an account of his experiences studying eastern coyotes in Massachusetts, and 2) My Yellowstone Experience, which details – in full color – the spectacular wildlife, scenery, and hydrothermal features that can be found in the world’s first national park. Jon founded and runs an organization, Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research, where he is continuing his goal of long-term ecological and behavioral research on coywolves. He also supplements his research with regular trips to Yellowstone National Park. He is seeking a publisher for a 3rd book project of his: "Coywolf".
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