Coyotes in Chicago are “Ghosts of the City”

The Chicago area coyote population received some national attention in the Economist via the Tribune today with their article on Coyotes as Ghosts of the City. This piece again points out that the number of coyotes living in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs is estimated at around two thousand. While most of us urban dwellers rarely see them, they are out there, primarily at night.

Interesting as well that city coyotes actually live longer than those in who live in what is often considered to be a more traditional rural habitat. As long as they don’t become to used to humans and keep eating the occasional rat, I think we should all embrace these urban ghosts.

One thought on “Coyotes in Chicago are “Ghosts of the City”

  1. Just a heads up that you might need to login to read that coyote article in the trib. Not sure if you can do a google search and find it in the economist or somewhere else without the extra hassle.

    I also think that the coyote population will only continue to grow around here so long as they have no real predators other than getting hit by a car I guess.

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