Coyotes are intelligent and adaptive animals that have expanded their range across North America over the last 200 years. Coyotes can survive and thrive in a wide variety of habitats—including our own backyards! The Portland Urban Coyote Project studies how humans and coyotes interact in the Portland metropolitan area.
Please help us with our research by reporting any time you see or hear a coyote in our metro area.
Who are we?
We are a team of community members, biologists, geographers, and researchers from Portland State University, Oregon State University, and Willamette Riverkeeper. Our project collaborates with partners throughout the Portland metro region, including Portland Audubon, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. We collect and analyze the coyote sightings you report and share our findings here.
Who can participate in the project?
Anyone! We encourage community scientists of all ages. In fact, a class of second graders from Alameda Elementary School were the first community scientists to collect data for this project!
How can I get more involved?
Submitting your observations of coyotes is the most important part of this project! The involvement of the community is crucial to the development of our knowledge about coyotes in the city. Please tell your friends about the project and ask them to keep an eye out for coyotes in their neighborhood.