I want to have chickens. Will that attract coyotes into my neighborhood?

It depends. Coyotes can be attracted to any available food source. If your chickens are unattended and wandering, it is possible that coyotes will seek them as a food source. However, with secure, all-sided fencing (must have wire top and extend into the ground), the coyotes (as well as other predators) should learn that chickens are not a food source because they never get the chance to prey on the animals. This answer, however, is based on opinion and not fact; we have no research data to prove or disprove whether coyote conflicts will arise as a result of keeping chickens on your property.

736 getting outfitted

Coyote 736 was a healthy, young male that was 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 attention anywhere.