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.

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.