Recently the Village has received an increased number of phone calls regarding coyote sightings. The Village does not remove coyotes, let trapped animals out of cages, or bring trapped animals to different locations.
Coyotes inhabit every available territory in Cook County, and between February and March coyotes breed and may become more territorial. A coyote will defend its territory against other canine it determines to be encroaching, particularly if the animal is smaller, such as a fox or small pet dog. A coyote may attempt to scare off, injure or kill the pet.
Coyotes, however, are generally wary of humans and prefer to keep their distance. Although some coyotes use areas around human development, a majority avoid areas of active human presence. People should nonetheless remain alert if any wild animal is suspected to be near and take reasonable measures to ensure their safety.
A few practical steps we can take to coexist with coyotes include the following:
- Remove food from outdoor settings that might attract coyotes, including pet food, bird food, and cleaning and putting away the grill at night.
- Respect coyotes as wild animals by not feeding or otherwise attempting to befriend or tame them.
- Support preservation of natural habitat.
If you feel you’re in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1. To learn more about coyote behavior, visit the Urban Coyote Research Project. Please visit our website for more information regarding our coyote neighbors.