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(Credit: Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project)

Chicago’s animal control department could soon be treating urban coyotes as beneficial predators instead of potentially dangerous pests.

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Appearing at the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced initiatives to respond to the city's growing rat problem.

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Like most big cities, Chicago has a rat problem. Exterminators and local municipalities do their best to make a dent, but now there's a new approach to rodent control that is actually quite old.