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
7 months ago
Chicago Tribune
9 months ago
736 getting outfitted

Coyote 736 was a healthy, young male that we trapped and collared on the southwest side of Chicago on June 2, 2013. His tail had a unique deformity — short, with a twist that resembled a pug's tail, so beginning his nickname of "Pug" (although we don't normally name coyotes, sometimes nicknames help our researchers communicate with the media when referring to animals). We were very excited to learn from this animal given his location. Pug traversed some of the most urban, rugged streets of Chicago and didn't seem to draw any attention anywhere.