Since 2019, we have been researching coyotes and foxes in the Twin Cities! This project's goal is to map habitat use, assess diets, and measure disease prevalence for foxes and coyotes in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Studying foxes and coyotes helps us to understand how they use urban settings, provides information to managers, and we hope that our research will help to demystify them for area residents.
This project is being conducted by the University of Minnesota, with help from Three Rivers Park District, Friends of the Mississippi River, USFWS, Bloomington Animal Control, and various other municipalities in the Twin Cities Metro Area. It was funded from 2019 to 2022 through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, following recommendation from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. Current TCCFP Principal Investigators are James Forester and Meggan Craft, with the original project being led by Nick McCann. Geoff Miller is the current PhD on the project.