Brad Block, a supervisor for the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control, was quoted by Chicago Breaking News Center as saying: “He’s (the coyote) not a threat. … He’s not going to pick up your children. His job is to deal with all of the nuisance problems, like mice, rats and rabbits.”
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You can see the coyote running down State Street in this video, which was shot on November 14.
Treehugger points out that this coyote is likely one from the The Cook County, Illinois, Coyote Project. According to the project’s website, the goal is to capture coyotes in urban areas, outfit them with radio collars and then re-release them to study where they go and other behavioral patterns gleaned from the transmitted data.
The website continues:
Photographs posted at the Urban Coyote Ecology and Management website indicate that the coyotes in the study are examined for potential health problems, so hopefully the videotaped coyote was at least in good health.
The coyotes were going into Chicago anyway, so I suppose the present study isn’t posing any further threats, and instead may be helping to keep the coyote populations there healthy and somewhat in check.
On the other hand, the coyotes themselves should be safer in less populated, wilderness areas. I wouldn’t feel comfortable walking down a city street alone with a nearby wild coyote on the loose. Would you?
More information about the growing coyote population in the Chicago area, and how you can protect yourself and your pets from coyotes, is at this Illinois Department of Natural Resources page.
Photo credit: National Park Foundation