Pair of coyotes galloping around Chicago neighbourhood

Around 2,000 coyotes thought to be living in the Windy City

As suburban populations increase in places like Chicago, there is no space left for coyotes to live and roam for their prey. Therefore almost 2,000 have ventured into a new habitat - among the skyscrapers of downtown Windy City.

The animals have adapted to living in close quarters with humans and have learned to navigate tasks associated with built-up areas - such as crossing busy roads and avoiding cars.

They are strictly nocturnal, curling up in a ball during the day just yards from where people walk, and are able to defend large settlement areas. Stan Gehrt, a wildlife ecologist at Ohio State University in Columbus, told National Geographic that the versatile creatures are 'expanding their ecological envelope'.


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