Stanley D. Gehrt, PhD

Associate Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University and Chair of Research, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation

Dr. Gehrt is the Principal Investigator of the Cook County Coyote Project, having initiated the study in 2000. As Chair of the Center for Wildlife Research at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, he directs all of the research projects and secures the necessary funding. Dr. Gehrt continues to supervise many daily aspects of the project while working full-time as an Associate Professor and extention specialist at The Ohio State University. He is regarded as an international expert of urban wildlife, best known for his work with coyotes and raccoons. Research interests include behavioral ecology, infectious diseases, and interactions between species.

Habitat of Coyote 748

An ultimate, urban animal, Coyote 748 was fitted with a GPS-style tracking collar in the Bronzeville area of Chicago on February 24, 2014. At his capture, it was obvious he was of breeding age and once a few radio-locations were collected, we realized we had collared a resident coyote with an established territory. He seemed to go about his daily routine in a low-profile fashion, taking to the busy streets nightly without fail. In April, his normal quiet behavior turned aggressive towards dogs as people walked their pets through a specific area.