Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Running of the Coyotes: South Loop Version

In case you missed the story yesterday about the coyote running down State street in the Loop and South Loop, click here. According to the article he could be trying to help deal with our rats:
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.
Also here is a video from WGN, he's a big boy:

(Hat Tip: Scrumpy and AV!)

1 comment:

Harry said...

This is one of the smartest decisions that I've seen a bureaucrat make in a long time!!! Leaving coyotes to run around in Chicago could have nothing but a positive impact on keep the rodent and pigeon populations in check:)