Rhode Island Tracks Coyotes with GPS and GIS
A February 7, 2007 article on the National Geographic News website documents a Rhode Island study to track coyotes with GPS radio collars and with GIS. The coyote mapping data is being used for scientific study and for classroom projects.
The article begins:
“Wild coyote packs in Rhode Island have expanded their territory to the Web. Thanks to an online tracking system, Web users can follow Jepsy, Seabee, White-Tip, and their kin as the animals roam the islands of Narragansett Bay. The Narragansett Bay Coyote Study is using the technology to determine how many coyotes call Aquidneck Island and Jamestown home, and whether the local coyote populations are growing.”
The data is being used not only for scientific purposes but also for classroom projects, and the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study website provides a map gallery and downloadable shapefiles at:
The complete article with links to the interactive mapping site is at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070207-coyote-maps.html.