Ghosts of the city

Originally known as ghosts of the plains, coyotes have now become ghosts of the cities, occasionally heard but less often seen. With the exception of a few individuals, coyotes have largely learned to avoid us. 

Coyotes in the news

National Geographic, 1 month ago

Join National Geographic TV as they explore Chicago and the Cook County Coyote Project; first airing August 3, 2014 at 8 PM.

About the Show

Urban Coyote Research Program Response

Urban Jungle, true to the "Wild" roots within National Geographic, captures stunning footage of some every elusive coyotes.

More media coverage

Kane County Chronicle
5 months ago
PBS
8 months ago
Chicago Tribune
10 months ago
Coyote 115 at capture

We were not able to capture the first mate of Coyote 1 prior to his death (likely from a vehicle), but we captured her second mate, Coyote 115, on February 18, 2004, at the peak of the mating season. Coyote 115 was in excellent condition at 18 kg (40 lbs). He remained with Coyote 1 constantly until her death in 2010. Their relationship was interesting to observe, where at times they were inseparable, and other times they would take short breaks from each other. Still, they defended the same territory together continuously after 115’s collaring date.