First Advisor

Martin Lafrenz

Term of Graduation

Winter 2021

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography






Coyote -- Research -- Citizen participation, Coyote -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area -- Case studies, Urban wildlife management, Urban animals -- Research -- Citizen participation



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1 online resource (v, 98 pages)


The Portland Urban Coyote Project (PUCP) is a citizen science project that allows community members to upload coyote (Canis latrans) sighting data to a database that is used to create a public web map; contributors often add observations as well. I analyzed one year of PUCP comment data in order to assess the utility of the citizen science methods used by PUCP for urban carnivore research. I code and summarize findings from PUCP's data, compare the extracted data to other research studies of urban coyote from other regions, and find that results from this analysis supports conclusions made by other recent studies. PUCP has gathered useful data that contributes to a body of greater work. Observations given by respondents provide information both about coyotes and about the people who observe them, creating a rich resource for further study in Portland as well as the many other communities with resident coyotes.


© Keith David VanderBrooke

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