CHICAGO – As mankind encroaches on the natural world, we see more animal encounters in unlikely places. This one takes place on State Street in Chicago, but the coyote may not be in town by accident.
“His job is to deal with all of the nuisance problems, like mice, rats and rabbits.” Brad Block, a supervisor for the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control told the Chicago Tribune. “He’s not a threat…He’s not going to pick up your children,”
Block told the paper that several coyotes fitted with GPS devices have been allowed by the state to run through Chicago to deal with the city’s rodent population.
We’ll see how this tinkering with mother nature works out. We hope better than the possums brought into Brooklyn, New York, to deal with rats. They ended up ignoring the rats and breeding out of control.
In the meantime, watch this coyote take a harrowing jaunt down State Street, narrowly avoiding several cars: