Forest Preserve District of Cook County

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County covers more than 69,000 acres, making it the largest forest preserve district in the United States. With a mission to preserve lands for recreation, the FPDCC also provides resources for education and scientific research. Specifically, the Wildlife Field Office offers technical, logistical, and financial support to all of our research projects. Under the direction of head wildlife biologist Chris Anchor, the expertise and man-power that has been offered to our research projects is too extensive to describe. Having been a founding researcher at the Cook County Coyote Project beginning, Anchor, along with his team, offers a wealth of knowledge about wildlife in our urban forest preserve parks. The County has a long-standing interest in research with over 20 years of data collected on numerous species. A special thanks goes to biologists Mike Neri, Chuck Rizzo, and Melina Peters for their continued assistance.

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.