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.

736 getting outfitted

Coyote 736 was a healthy, young male that was trapped and collared on the southwest side of Chicago on June 2, 2013. His tail had a unique deformity — short, with a twist that resembled a pug's tail, so beginning his nickname of "Pug" (although we don't normally name coyotes, sometimes nicknames help our researchers communicate with the media when referring to animals). We were very excited to learn from this animal given his location. Pug traversed some of the most urban, rugged streets of Chicago and didn't seem to draw attention anywhere.