Coyote spotted in Grant Park

"I'm amazed at how not frightened they are of people," said Dr. Dan Parmer, Cook County Dept. of Animal and Rabies Control.

March 17, 2010 11:31:12 AM PDT
A coyote sighting was reported Tuesday in Chicago's Grant Park.

It's not uncommon for a coyote to pass through the park and police often get calls when the animals are spotted downtown. On Tuesday, the animal was reported around 4:50 p.m. on Butler Field in Grant Park. Animal Care and Control is not investigating, according to reports.

The most memorable spotting may be from April 2007, when a coyote walked into a Loop restaurant and hopped in the beverage cooler. That coyote was set free at a suburban wildlife preserve.

Urban coyotes have captured the attention of residents- and led to the formation of the Cook County's Coyote Project, which has spent 10 years studying how coyotes act around people, especially in densely populated environments. A pack is known to frequent the Loop.