Chicago’s CoyotesPosted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on December 13, 2010
I was amazed to see a story on NPR.org about Chicago’s urban coyote population patrolling the city streets. While animal advocates have fought for years to protect coyotes from inhumane traps and poisons, the City of Chicago has chosen to take the higher ground and coexist with these beautiful animals.
The Cook County, Illinois Coyote Project has fitted over 60 coyotes with radio collars in order to “peek into the hidden lives of urban coyotes” and “use results from this unique project to answer common questions regarding coyotes in urban areas.” According to the article, the coyotes, both collared and uncollared ones, roam parks, alleys, yards and thoroughfares, hunting for small rodents at night. People rarely see them because they are timid and avoid human contact.
Check out the article, complete with photos of the coyotes and maps of where the coyotes travel in the city, and watch the video below for more on this story.