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Seeing wildlife in urban areas always captures the imagination of the city.  Wildlife running through 4 lane canyons flash us reminders of what lived here before.  Last night a coyote seen running through downtown Chicago amazed the public… but was no surprise for Chicago's Animal Control.  When contacted, the department said 250 GPS wearing coyotes are being reintroduced to urban Chicago as pest control.  This vestige of a wilder America displaced by years of urban development may become a more common sight and the howl, a more common sound at night in Chicago.

The breaking news story from Chicago Breaking News below.

A coyote loping along the South Loop streets this morning was probably at his job searching out rodents, according to city animal welfare officials.

A video shot last night at 3 AM shows the coyote running down State Street as cars and a moving truck pass by. Brad Block, a supervisor for the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control, said the animal has the run of the Loop to help deal with rats and mice. He said no one has called today to complain.

"He's not a threat…He's not going to pick up your children," Block said. "His job is to deal with all of the nuisance problems, like mice, rats and rabbits."


Block said he believes the coyote is one of those fitted with a GPS device to monitor its whereabouts. He said the coyote is pretty timid and stays away from people.

Cook County officials have fitted a few coyotes with GPS as part of an urban coyote project and has allowed them to run wild in Chicago to deal with the rodent population. It was unclear whether this coyote is part of that program. The animal was not captured.

Earlier this year, another coyote was found in a park near the Chicago River and would return there to scavenge for food, he said.

That animal had to be removed because it had become accustomed to people and their handouts. It was eventually taken to a wildlife center.

– Carlos Sadovi

What sort of wildlife lives in your town?

If you're interested in more city wildlife check out this LoE story about a hawk named, Pale Male, living in NYC.

Film makers for a project called California is a Place produced this short film about Scraper Bikes. They showcase the Scraper Bike King of East Oakland, CA and his Captains.  It’s a really uplifting story about Black urban bike culture and how it’s keeping kids out of trouble while simultaneously embracing a green (and fly) mode of transportation.  Check out the video here

These bikes are just one of just one of many types of California bike culture I’m aware of: the lowrider bikes, beach cruisers, fixed gear, etc.  I love the aspect of personalization;  maybe some friendly competition and showmanship will get kids dedicated to biking more.   

(photo via Know Your Meme)