Cunning. Social. Careful. Resilient. Opportunistic. Faithful. Adaptive. Shy. Successful.
Coyotes are one of the most controversial and divisive species on the North American continent. No other wild animal sparks as much emotion in urban residents, running the gamut of loathing and love. But controversial or not, they are here, and here for good. By eliminating natural predators and natural barriers of habitat, humans have literally paved the way for coyotes to explore new territories, including the prairies of suburban lawns and the forests of skyscrapers in cities. And coyotes have proven to us time and again that they will persist no matter what our opinions of them.
The arrival of coyotes into the urban scene has undoubtedly changed the way we look at them. While there is a greater awareness of their presence, there is still rampant misunderstanding about their lives and behaviors. This project aims to change this.
The Urban Coyote Initiative is a photojournalism project that brings together the most recent science about coyotes from top researchers across the continent and combines it with unique, intimate, and beautiful photography to reveal everything there is to know about the species. We show urban coyotes as they go about their daily lives, eliminating the mystery and misconceptions in a visually compelling and scientifically accurate way. Follow along and you will see coyotes as you've never seen them before.