How many coyotes are in a pack? How many coyotes are in Chicago?

Our observations (during tracking, helicopter flights, and trapping) have revealed that the coyotes in our study maintain territories as groups unless living as a solitary animal. Group size in protected habitats is typically five to six adults in addition to pups born that year. It is estimated that between 1,500 and 2,000 coyotes may reside in Cook County, IL.

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Coyote 571 was a coyote who beat the odds, every time. She was captured first in December 2011, not yet a year old. Given her young age class and healthy appearance, she was fitted with a standard radio-collar and we stood back to see what her story would be. 571 turned out to be an amazing suburban animal. Although she did not navigate downtown Chicago streets, the Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg (IL) suburbs can often be an equally challenging network of traffic patterns (for human or animal).