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.

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.