Originally known as
ghosts of the plains, coyotes have recently become
ghosts of the cities, occasionally heard but rarely
seen . . . until now.
Within the last few
decades, coyotes have become the top carnivores in
an increasing number of urban areas across North
America, including one of the largest – the Chicago metropolitan region.
Up until recently,
researchers knew little about the intermingling
between humans and coyotes.
The Cook County Coyote Project
is a comprehensive study of coyotes in
With the help of many agencies*, we capture,
collar, and monitor coyotes in order to understand
how they live in urban areas as well as interact
with other wildlife and domestic animals.
Our website provides
information on our study (including objectives,
methods, and application), information about urban
coyotes (including how to co-exist with them and
avoid conflicts), and a snapshot of the lives of the
coyotes we track.
By providing the public
with our research, we are initiating the first step
of coyote management- educating the public and
untangling facts from myths.
People should become aware of coyote signs
and understand the differences between true threats
It is important to
stress that our relationship with coyotes is
directly affected by our behavior — coyotes react to
us, and we can foster mutual respect or a lack of
respect through cues we send to coyotes.
For more information or inquiries, please contact us