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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Article indicates severe mange cases in Chicago suburbs. 

Urban Coyote Research Program Response

We have been getting many questions about this article. The basis for our program is observation - to research what is happening in the wild population knowing that some animals will get sick for many reasons. There will always be a great many parasites that persist in the environment. It is important to understand that mange always exists in the Chicago area population at low levels but pockets may break out temporarily as a family group may become infected at once.

Note, there is little risk of this being spread to well-cared for domestic pets. Most animals that succumb to this disease have weakened immune systems for one reason or another. Remember that a pet is going to have a higher level of care throughout treatment that may make the treatment more effective. There is also the proof that these animals can recover from it on their own; one example of this is coyote 571.

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.