Here’s a surprising fact: Chicago’s human population has declined over the past several years but its coyote count is booming.
According to a story published last month in National Geographic, there are now approximately 4,000 eastern coyotes living in Cook County. Many of them reside in the Busse Woods Preserve west of O’Hare Airport, but some (labeled “super urban coyotes”) have found a home in the city limits.
Coyotes aren’t the only wild animals hiding in plain sight amongst Chicago’s urban landscape. Foxes, deer, birds of prey, herons, bats, and skunks can be spotted in quiet pockets of the city that blur the line between wild and civilization—if you know where to look.
With some help from Seth Magle of the Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo, we’ve mapped out some of the “wildest” spots in the city where you can commune with the city’s less tamed flora and fauna.Read More