Female coyote number 1168 crosses a freight train bridge in West Chicago, Illinois (USA). Urban coyotes in Chicago have distinct territories they claim as their own, often using railroad tracks to avoid crossing busy highways in order to travel between green spaces and abandoned lots where they hunt for rabbits, rodents and other urban food sources. I partnered with Dr. Stanley Gehrt who leads the Cook County Urban Coyote Project to photograph the movements of urban coyotes in Chicago. We used telemetry to track and predict which way this radio collared coyote was heading, After finding a coyote on the tracks, We raced ahead and set up for this shot, in a stroke of luck the coyote was running on my side of the tracks.
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Cities Gone Wild
Cities Gone Wild is an exploration of three savvy animals: black bears, coyotes and raccoons. Each of these urban carnivores are uniquely equipped to survive and even thrive in the human built landscape at a time when urbanization is decimating habitat for less adapted wildlife. I tracked these three carnivores in cities across the United States, to reveal how they are using our infrastructure and resources to carve out a unique place in society that might help them survive an uncertain future.
Published in the July, 2022 issue of National Geographic Magazine