UW-Madison Students Track Coyotes, Foxes

(AP) — A team of students from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is conducting research on foxes and coyotes in hopes of learning how the animals and humans can peacefully coexist.

Forest and wildlife associate professor David Drake and his students are humanely trapping the animals, running tests, then fitting them with tracking devices.

The goal is to learn about traveling patterns, diseases the animals might have, and how they interact with other animals and humans.

Drake said foxes and coyotes are moving into areas where people are living.

If that continues, and the animals lose their fear of humans, they could become aggressive in extreme cases.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said residents should stay a safe distance from foxes or coyotes, and shouldn’t feed them. 

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