Bright Lights, Big Predators

  • The New York Times
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Welcome to the future of urban living. Predators are turning up in cities everywhere, and living among us mostly without incident. Big, scary predators, at that. Wolves now live next door to Rome’s main airport, and around Hadrian’s Villa, just outside the city. A mountain lion roams the Hollywood Hills and has his own Facebook page. Coyotes have turned all of Chicago into their territory. Great white sharks, attracted by booming seal populations, cruise Cape Cod beaches with renewed frequency. And in a kind of urban predator twofer, a photographer in Vero Beach, Fla., recently snapped a bobcat grabbing a shark out of the surf.

Urban Coyote Research Program Response

Lead project research Dr. Stan Gehrt weighs in on the topic of urban wildlife. With so many wildlife species adapting to human dominated landscapes, this article discusses the very important question:  

Are humans equally capable of adapting?

Enjoy reading this article which highlights wildlife/human coexistence issues with cities like Mumbai being affected (though in different ways) just as cities like Chicago.

coyote 571 image

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).