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New Sightings From Across Chicagoland, Submit Your Tracking Comments, and More…

We’ve just completed the April update and thanks to everyone who sent in their coyote submissions, it’s now posted on our tracking map. The sightings continue to be geographically diverse coming from all all parts of Chicago and its suburbs in Illinois and Indiana. Once again a special thanks to our friends at B96 in Chicago and Khits 104.3 for giving a mention.

It may be time for us to divide up the map so we can keep it manageable for the user, especially those of you trying to access the tracking details on phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Should we create multiple maps by geographic area or archive maps by date? Or maybe a completely different plan. Please post your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Happy 2016! Coyote Updates, A New Logo, & More is off to a fast start in 2016 with the addition of over 25 new sightings since our last update thanks to your submissions. We’ve also added a new logo (let us know what you think). Your feedback is vital!

We also just came across a Wikipedia entry devoted to the topic of Urban Coyotes in the US including Chicago and New York. It provides a great summary on the topic, so check it out when you have a few minutes.

Happy 2016 and keep those updates coming!

Thanks to all our coyote map supporters!

Should we call ourselves “coyoteers”? (Maybe we can do better, post your suggestions below). A sincere thanks to everyone who has sent in their coyote sighting submissions. We’re working on adding a coyote photos and video page, but we also need your feedback. If you’ve got an idea to make the site better post it below or use the contact button to let us know.

Also thanks to fine folks at 104.3 K-HITS Chicago Coyote Map and Tracking for taking the time mention this site. They wrote up a fun piece about us “coyoteers” that you should definitely check out.

Happy early Thanksgiving & keep sending those sightings!

Coyotes Roaming Evanston, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and More…

We just completed a much needed update. Thanks to  everyone who submitted their coyote sightings so we could add them to our map. The north and northwest areas of Chicagoland seemed to have the most new entries. Not sure if they have more coyotes or just more vigilant viewers reporting them. Either way it is fascinating to see where pockets of coyotes and even the occasional coywolf sighting occur.

Happy summer & keep sending in your coyote sightings and stories. Thanks!

“Crittercam” Gives Unique View of Chicago’s Urban Coyotes

Check out this great article from National Geographic that goes into detail about how coyotes have managed to adapt so well to life in the city. They managed to get some “coyote’s views” by using a Crittercam (a camera attached to a coyote) that are fascinating.

There are an estimated 2,000 coyotes living in the Chicagoland area, yet they often prove elusive to spot. In part this is no doubt due to the fact that urban coyotes have mostly adopted a nocturnal lifestyle, generally only roaming the streets at night.

Much of what we now know about the behavior of coyotes in the city can be attributed to the work of Stan Gehrt, a wildlife ecologist at Ohio State University in Columbus. He has been studying coyotes for 15 years now and just finished the first part of his research.

What is a Coywolf?

We haven’t had any reports yet of coywolves in the city of Chicago however these creatures are in other parts of Illinois. So what exactly is a Coywolf? Well, as the name suggests it is a hybrid of a wolf and a coyote as the result of interbreeding.

The coywolf is apparently more aggressive than a regular coyote and much like a wolf it will hunt in packs. I suppose this type of behavior could be problematic if they did start to make their way into the densely populated urban neighborhoods of Chicago. So far people and coyotes seem to be getting along alright in the city due in no small part to coyotes not having much interest in attacking humans (isolated cases aside).

If anyone has any photos or thinks they may have seen a coywolf please let us know.

UPDATE: I have not had a chance to watch this yet but PBS aired a special in January all about the History of The Coywolf. If you do watch it please be sure and post your thoughts on this special below.

Coyote vs. Man & Dog in Suburban Chicago

NBC Chicago has a report on a Chicagoland area man who decided to wrestle a coyote in Fighting Glovesorder to save his dog. Luckily for him and his dog he was able to “throw” the coyote away from him and get his dog inside the house before things escalated further. His Wheaten Terrier only suffered minor injuries and importantly was up to date with its rabies vaccination.

While attacks on humans remain rare, pet owners should remain vigilant of the potential threat to small animals from coyotes. As always remember the advice of experts if you do encounter a coyote and just make yourself really big and really loud. Just let them know who’s in charge!

Chicagoland Coyote Tracking Map Updated – New Sightings Reported From All Areas

Reported coyote sighting continue to come in from all across the Chicago area. From within the city proper there seems to be a particularly high number of sightings coming from the north side of Chicago.  Lake View, Roscoe Village, Uptown and other north & west side neighborhoods leading the way. Surprisingly, no reports to this site or in the media of coyotes directly around Wrigley Field. {Insert your own Cubs joke here.}

Suburban reports also continue to come in with large pockets of coyote sightings in the  Oak Lawn, Arlington Heights, & the Mount Prospect areas.

Thankfully, reports of attacks on people or pets have thus far been limited to a few cases based on media accounts.

Thanks again to everyone for your submissions and keep them coming in 2014!


Coyote Spotted On Daytime Stroll in Chicago Suburb of Riverside, Illinois

Last week a coyote was spotted during the day in Riverside, IL according to a report on ABC 7 Chicago. This sighting comes after an incident at the begin of the year in which Coyotes reportedly damaged a door trying to attack a dog that was inside a house also in Riverside. You can find that attack on our map.

The police response is generally and understandably limited in simple coyote sighting reports. Unless the animal is a threat i.e. acting strangely or aggressively, there is little they can do and that might be a good thing. It is a debate that will probably grow in the Chicago area if the coyote population is growing.