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, 2 months 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

JSTOR Daily
1 month ago
Chicago Tonight
1 month ago
Kane County Chronicle
7 months ago
Habitat of Coyote 748

An ultimate, urban animal, Coyote 748 was fitted with a GPS-style tracking collar in the Bronzeville area of Chicago on February 24, 2014. At his capture, it was obvious he was of breeding age and once a few radio-locations were collected, we realized we had collared a resident coyote with an established territory. He seemed to go about his daily routine in a low-profile fashion, taking to the busy streets nightly without fail. In April, his normal quiet behavior turned aggressive towards dogs as people walked their pets through a specific area.