Ghosts of the city

Originally known as ghosts of the plains, coyotes have now become ghosts of the cities, occasionally heard but less often seen. With the exception of a few individuals, coyotes have largely learned to avoid us. 

Coyotes in the news

National Geographic, 2 months ago

Join National Geographic TV as they explore Chicago and the Cook County Coyote Project; first airing August 3, 2014 at 8 PM.

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Urban Coyote Research Program Response

Urban Jungle, true to the "Wild" roots within National Geographic, captures stunning footage of some every elusive coyotes.

More media coverage

JSTOR Daily
1 month ago
Chicago Tonight
1 month ago
Kane County Chronicle
7 months ago
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.