January and February are part of the mating season for coyotes and foxes, which is good news for UW-Madison professor David Drake and his research team.
"If we can learn more about the animal and try to proactively manage these animals and the interactions between them, domestic dogs, and humans hopefully we can head off conflicts to the point we can peacefully coexist," said Drake, UW-Madison associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology.
Drake and his students humanely trap the animals, run tests and fit them with tracking devices. They hope through the research to learn more about the animals' traveling patterns, diseases they carry, interactions with other animals and most importantly including humans.
"These animals are moving into these areas where people are living," Drake said. "If that habituation continues and the animals continue to lose their fear of humans, in extreme cases these animals can start becoming aggressive."