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  •  Actually they are adapting pretty well (4+ / 0-)
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    In the last 15 years I've lived in Chicago, the number of coyotes and their distribution has really expanded in the city.  They have displaced the red foxes that used to occupy that niche (rodent and rabbit hunting)
    except in small isolated places like the rocky shoreline in Evanston and some of the smaller parks and cemeteries.

    I see coyotes very frequently. They sure look healthy... I've read that the city actually supports a denser population of coyotes per sq km than the rural areas.  Makes sense - dense food sources such as geese, rabbits (everywhere), kitty cats, garbage, rats, pigeons. The city has multiple migration corridors - the rivers, a ring of forest reserves, the lakeshore, with lots and lots of public spaces.  "Urbs in Horta" - city in a garden is what they call Chicago, which is more appropriate than "The Windy City" IMO.  Of major US metropolises, Chicago is really designed for wildlife.  I was really pleasantly surprised by this.

    I think it might also just be a gradual process of adapting to new niches - a bunch of long-eared owls decided to roost in the south loop a couple years ago, a stable breeding population of peregrine falcons now lives in the city, and of course at 2AM the night-shift is busy: racoons, possums, skunks which make up the majority of non-human omnivores.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:45:09 PM PST

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