EcoSummit preview: ‘An icon of wilderness’ … in the city

From Stan Gehrt on his EcoSummit presentation:

“Wildlife species vary in their responses to urban areas, with some avoiding urbanization while others are synanthropic, in that they appear to thrive in urbanized landscapes. As a group, the Carnivora have been largely persecuted by humans, either for perceived or real conflicts, so it is not surprising that only 14 percent of terrestrial Carnivora species are associated with urban areas. […]

“As a case study of the complexities of synanthropy, we (will) summarize results from a long-term study of the urban ecology of coyotes (Canis latrans) in the Chicago metropolitan area to illustrate the complexities of synanthropy for a species that was once considered an icon of wilderness.”

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