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.

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).