HS-LS2-2 (High School)

Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales. 

What else can be learned from trapping coyotes?

In addition to learning about the habits and movements of coyotes, wildlife biologists often gather other data on animals they trap and release.

Click on the Information icon (i) for each coyote in the Visulization Tool. What data was collected? What samples were taken?  Why do you think this data is important to wildlife biologists? How might the data assist the Department of Natural Resources in establishing rules and regulations for hunting or trapping coyotes?

What are the limiting factors for coyote populations?

What potential dangers to the coyotes are present in each territory? Do coyotes have predators? What keeps their population under control? What role does the Illinois Department of Natural Resources play in population management? What specific hunting and trapping rules protect coyotes from over-harvest?

Within each territory on the Visualization Tool, where would coyote-vehicle collisons occur? How have urban coyotes adapted to navigating along and across streets? What design solutions could reduce coyote-vehicle collisons?

Map yourself: Technologies to track people

Create a visualization map that tracks your activities at regular times throughout the day or week. When designing a wildlife tracking program, researchers need to determine several things. For example, the tracking collars on the coyotes in the Visualization Tool send signals at the same specific times each day to mark the animals' location. Why do you think those times were selected? How many times and at what specific time(s) of day will you document your location? Why? 

Within each territory are there areas coyotes use more frequently than others?

Look at the characeristics of the land the coyotes utilize. Are there areas they tend to avoid or use more frequently? Why do you think that is? Can you identify "travel corridors" through which the coyotes frequently move?  For a given week, what percentage of coyote locations are in the open as comparied to those in wooded or sheltered areas?