People and Wildlife

deer fawn

Wildlife in Distress

You’ve come across a wild animal that appears to be in distress. It could be sick or injured or it might be a youngster without its mother. What should you do? Most often the best answer is – nothing.

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Feeding Wildlife

While our instinct may be to feed wildlife, it’s important to know that feeding wildlife causes them more harm than good.

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coyote in winter

Coyotes in Cook County

The resourceful coyote has proven itself capable of living in some very urban environments, sometimes right under our noses, and often without us even noticing.

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butterfly gardening

Butterfly Gardening

Approximately 100 species of butterflies arre found in Cook County. Learn how to create a butterfly habitat in your home garden.
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Culex tarsalis mosquito

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Despite their reputation as a nuisance, mosquitoes play an important part in area ecosystems, providing food for insects, fish and other animals. However, some mosquitoes can carry pathogens that are harmful to humans.

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Ixodes scapularis

Ticks and Disease

While the chances of contracting a tick-borne disease are relatively small, the Forest Preserves and the CCDPH encourage Cook County residents to take common-sense precautions to prevent tick bites.

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County