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Stanley D. Gehrt

Connection to Illinois: He is principal investigator of one of the largest studies of coyotes to date: capturing and tracking more than 1,450 coyotes for the past twenty-two years in the Chicago area - "Long-term population ecology and disease dynamics of coyotes in the Chicago Metropolitan Area." He and his group have been monitoring coyotes in this highly urbanized landscape for the past 12 years, having marked nearly 700 coyotes, making this the largest urban study of its kind. The general objective is to provide a better understanding as to how coyotes are successfully exploiting the urban landscape, and the implications of this success for people, pets, and other wildlife.

Biography: Dr. Stanley Gehrt is a professor of wildlife ecology at The Ohio State University and chair of the Center for Wildlife Research at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. His research program focuses on various aspects of mammalian ecology, especially urban systems; dynamics of wildlife disease; and human-carnivore conflicts. His research has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television outlets, including PBS, ABC’s Nightline, NBC Nightly News, National Geographic, and the History Channel. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Coyotes Among Us: Secrets of the City’s Top Predator
ISBN: 1959411233 OCLC:

Flashpoint 2024

An eye-opening volume of photographs and research exploring one of North America’s most persistent—and misunderstood—predators. The coyote. Even its image conjures up more myth than fact. From its depictions as the “trickster” in ancient fables to its portrayal as a threat to humans and their pets in modern news sources, coyotes are rarely shown in a favorable light. Now, the Urban Coyote Research Project pulls back the curtain on the defamed coyote, revealing the surprising truth about this unique creature. Though harassed and hunted for generations, today the coyote persists and even thrives. With an innate ability to adjust to new climates and environments, the coyote has developed an expansive range. Once confined to the American West, it lives in forty-nine states, across lower Canada, through Mexico, and all the way to Costa Rica. Its habitat sweeps from rural prairie to urban overpasses; it is the largest animal to regularly live wild within city limits. The coyote continues to overcome the ceaseless intrusion of urban development to create a bright and flourishing future, providing its human neighbors a surprising number of benefits. With stunning images of coyotes within their surprising habitats, Living with Coyotes pulls from decades of experience to dispel coyote myths, highlight the benefits of living with coyotes, and embrace the coyote as a brilliant survivor against all odds.