The Urban Coyote Initiative is a team of photojournalists assisting scientists and cities across North America. We bring together the most recent research about coyotes and combine it with unique, intimate, and beautiful photography that reveals everything there is to know about the species.
We believe photography has the power to shift fear to understanding, conflict to coexistence.
And we believe that aiming our cameras at coyotes is the most straightforward way we can help build healthy, thriving urban ecosystems that benefit the lives of everyone.
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.
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. Our work aims to change this.
Through photography and filmmaking, and working alongside scientists and communities, we help to eliminate the mystery and misconceptions about this cosmopolitan canid.