Over the years we’ve heard interesting stories from neighbors down in Andersonville about coyote sightings in the area. With the 10 million adorable little bunnies hopping all around Edgewater Glen, it got us wondering… has anyone ever noticed a coyote in the neighborhood?
If you are curious about the scientific research going on about urban coyotes in Chicago, have a look at National Geographic’s Downtown Coyotes: Inside the Secret Lives of Chicago’s Predator or On the Loose: Urban Coyotes Thrive in North American Cities. There is some especially cool Chicago coyote footage (from the coyote’s perspective) of them looking both ways before crossing the street with their maracas in the National Geographic Crittercam video.
“The animals have altered their natural behavior to accommodate living in close quarters with people. Unlike wild coyotes, for example, Chicago’s uber-urban coyotes are nocturnal, coming out when most people have gone home; have learned to travel and cross busy roads regularly; and maintain huge yet fragmented territories, according to new data from coyotes outfitted with a GPS collar or a Crittercam, a National Geographic camera that attaches harmlessly to animals.”
“People in Chicago have shifted their opinions about coyotes to primarily acceptance. That doesn’t mean that they are thrilled they are here, but they are not that quick to remove them like they used to,’ Gehrt said.” – Downtown Coyotes: Inside the Secret Lives of Chicago’s Predator