Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control, Illinois

The Department of Animal and Rabies Control, directed by Dr. Donna Alexander, provides support for our research due to mutual interests in disease monitoring and wildlife-to-domestic animal interactions. Although the Department is best known for direct work with domestic animals, they also have a responsibility to monitor the overall health of all animals in the area. Our disease surveillance helps provide Animal and Rabies Control a base-line data set to know or predict trends in wildlife diseases that could impact pet or human health. We especially want to acknowledge Dr. Dan Parmer (deceased), former Director of Cook County Animal & Rabies Control, for his foresight and unwavering support for long-term research of wildlife in the interests of public health. We hope we have honored his vision.

Former research associate Justin Brown, after just catching 434 for collaring

Coyote 434 is a good example of how human behaviors, such as feeding wildlife, can result in coyotes becoming a nuisance. 434 was captured on February 18, 2010, in a marsh surrounded by a subdivision and miles of urbanization. She was a young female, approximately 10 months old, and weighed 13.1 kg. Although this was the peak of the breeding season, she was not in breeding condition. A GPS collar was placed on coyote 434, which means that she was located by satellites on an intensive schedule (at times, this was every 10 minutes, other times every hour).