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.

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.