Urban Coyotes Set to Get City Protection

  • Chicago Tonight
Monday, July 18, 2016

Chicago’s animal control department could soon be treating urban coyotes as beneficial predators instead of potentially dangerous pests.

Under a measure championed by Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) and passed by the Health Committee on Monday, animal control workers will no longer attempt to trap or kill coyotes unless they present a threat.

Hopkins says the measure is to recognize that the presence of coyotes in the city, which researchers believe can be numbered in the thousands, is largely beneficial.

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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).