Go behind the scenes with Metro Parks biologists and park partners as they trap a coyote, conduct medical tests in the field, release the animal back into the wild and track coyotes using UHF and GPS technology.

An 11-minute documentary ("In Search of Coyotes") about the park district’s ongoing coyote research project is now available on the Metro Parks YouTube channel: youtube.com/summitmetroparks.

Local videographer Rob Blair ventured into the field with researchers to document the humane trap-and-release process used during the multi-year coyote tracking effort.

The goal of the project is to learn about the wild canines’ range, diet and overall health. Results will also be used to develop long-range plans designed to protect both coyotes and park visitors.

"Over the last few years we’ve noticed a slight increase in the number of calls from the public regarding concerns about coyotes," said Mike Johnson, chief of natural resources for the park district. "We haven’t had many instances of human and coyote interaction, but we want to be sure to keep it that way."

Coyotes, found throughout Ohio and in each of the county’s Metro Parks, resemble small, slender German shepherds. Most are gray, though some have brown, off-white or rust colored coats. They are omnivorous and will eat small mammals, vegetables, nuts and carrion. Though considered nocturnal, coyotes will sometimes travel and hunt by day.