What defines a "nuisance" or "problem" coyote? What options do wildlife biologists utilize to deal with "problem" coyotes? What are the outcomes of lethal removal or relocation? How would you design a program to prove this outcome?
This website provides details on the Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project coordinated by Dr. Stan Gehrt. It includes a summary of research findings related to coyotes, population dynamics and management in Cook County, IL, with additonal links to scientific publications..
Urban Coyote Research: Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project
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