Storying the multispecies city: Using spatial data to explore the everyday lives and mobilities of urban coyotes

Authors: Lauren Van Patter*, Queen's University
Topics: Animal Geographies, Human-Environment Geography, Canada
Keywords: animal geographies, coyotes, GPS tracking, multispecies city, storying
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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In January 2018 the female coyote labeled as ‘Urban10’ was released post-rehabilitation in a mid-size city in Ontario, Canada fitted with a GPS tracking collar. Using eight months of available spatial data and insights gleaned through key informant interviews and public sighting report databases, this paper pairs stories recounted about Urban10 with the narratives performed in her daily movements. It traces more-than-human routes and routines, revealing both negotiations of everyday life, and dramatic encounters through which particular relations become stabilized or transformed. Findings highlight the potentials of qualitative approaches to tracking data for elucidating the intersecting mobilities, ecologies, and dwelt geographies of humans and animals in urban areas (Barua, 2014; Barua & Sinha, 2017; Ingold, 2000; Johnston, 2008). Reflecting on these methodological potentials, this paper asks: What ethical and political opportunities do stories about animals’ dwelt experiences hold for shifting public discourse around urban animals? How can we engage animals’ mobilities to unsettle anthropocentric cartographies and re-story the multispecies city (Hodgetts & Lorimer, 2019; van Dorren & Rose, 2012)?

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