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.

Coyote 115 at capture

We were not able to capture the first mate of Coyote 1 prior to his death (likely from a vehicle), but we captured her second mate, Coyote 115, on February 18, 2004, at the peak of the mating season. Coyote 115 was in excellent condition at 18 kg (40 lbs). He remained with Coyote 1 constantly until her death in 2010. Their relationship was interesting to observe, where at times they were inseparable, and other times they would take short breaks from each other. Still, they defended the same territory together continuously after 115’s collaring date.