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.

Coyote 1

Coyote 1 was the first coyote captured on the project, on March 22, 2000, and has become the signature coyote of our research. When she was originally captured, she was just a year old and solitary. She weighed 13 kg (about 29 lbs), and was in excellent health, if not a little on the small side. In coyote years, she was a teenager. We tracked her movements over portions of five cities for the next nine months, as she floated across the landscape looking for a territory.