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!
According to a recent article on Examiner.com, a coywolf was recently spotted in Chicago. This is one of the first ever possible sightings of the coywolf in the city. While there have been many reports of coyotes in Olive Park near Navy Pier, this is the first time we have heard of the wolf & coyote mix roaming around this area.
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.