Wildlife researchers have completed a study that may settle the question of why, in October 2009, a group of coyotes launched an unprovoked fatal attack on a young woman who was hiking in a Canadian park. By analyzing coyote diets and their movement in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where the attack occurred on a popular trail, the researchers concluded that the coyotes were forced to rely on moose instead of smaller mammals for the bulk of their diet – and as a result of adapting to that unusually large food source, perceived a lone hiker as potential prey.
A new article in National Geographic highlights the urban coyote research Wildlife Ecologist and Associate Professor Stan Gehrt and his team have been conducting in Chicago, Illinois. The article, How Wild Animals Are Hacking Life in the City, sheds light on how coyotes and other species are adapting to life in urban areas.
Associate Professor Stan Gehrt's research on the diets of coyotes in the Cape Breton area involved in killing Canadian folk singer, Taylor Mitchell in 2009, is the focus of a recent article for The Wildlife Society. At the 22nd Annual Wildlife Society Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gehrt shared findings from a study he and other researchers conducted to examine the diets of coyotes in the area to see if there is a relationship between the use of human food and coyote-human conflict.
Associate professor Stanley Gehrt has followed more than 800 coyotes in Chicago over the past 15 years using GPS tracker collars. He recently spoke about his research and the thriving population of resident coyotes that call Chicago home on WTTW11's Chicago Tonight. View the full interview here.
SENR Wildlife Ecologist Stan Gehrt's urban coyote research is featured on National Geographic's website. The article, Downtown Coyotes: Inside the Secret Lives of Chicago's Predator, describes some of Gehrt's newest research on how urban coyotes interact with the landscape. A video also accompanies the article and let's viewers watch a coyote run through the city streets of Chicago. The coyote in the video is fitted with a National Geographic Crittercam. According to the article, this is the first time this technology has been used on urban coyotes.
This year, the ScienceWriters conference is being hosted by The Ohio State University, October 17-21. SENR Associate Professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist Stan Gehrt will be presenting Coyotes in the Loop: A Close-up View of Survival in the Urban Core. As part of the conference, participants are also invited to visit the Schiermeier Wetlands!
Stanley Gehrt, associate professor and wildlife extension specialist in SENR, is an acclaimed coyote specialist and noted authority on urban coyotes. His research, focusing on coyote populations in Chicago, has been featured in several recent news articles.