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Where to See Local Wildlife in Chicago

A recent study showed that 2,000 coyotes live in Chicago. But they’re not the only wildlife roaming the streets.

Coyote

Coyotes

See them: Trotting along the Lakefront Trail.
Tip: Catch them heading out to forage at dawn or dusk.
Photos: istockphoto

 

Snowy owl

Snowy owls

See them: Perching at Montrose Point.
Tip: Don’t get too close, or you’ll trigger a fight-or-flight response.

 

Beaver

Beavers

See them: Swimming periodically in North Pond.
Tip: Freshly chewed trees signal they’re near.

 

Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcons

See them: Nesting on the 28th floor of UIC’s University Hall, where a pair has lived since the late 1990s.
Tip: From the north lawn of North Pond, you might glimpse some in flight.

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