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Posted on: January 19, 2023

Coyote Sightings

The Palatine Police Department is fielding community concerns regarding coyote sightings in residential areas.  To expedite a proactive response to this concern, the Village continues to partner with an Urban Coyote Specialist with a strong record of positive results in other metro-area communities.

To help the specialist better understand our coyote population and patterns, the community is being asked for their assistance.  Residents who observe a coyote in their neighborhood are asked to go to scientificwildlifemanagement.com and report the sighting and condition of the animal. 

Coyotes inhabit every available territory in Cook County, and between February and March coyotes breed and may become more territorial. Coyotes, however, tend to be wary of humans and tend to keep their distance. People should nonetheless remain alert if any wild animal is suspected to be near and take reasonable measures to ensure their safety. 

Helpful tips to remember: 

  • Avoid leaving any food items or garbage outside; this includes food for squirrels and other wildlife.  DO NOT FEED THE COYOTES!
  • Fallen fruit in yards should be picked up as it can attract coyotes.
  • Do not leave pets unattended outside!  Leaving pets unattended or tied up in an area without fencing leaves a pet defenseless to escape a potential predator.  Coyotes have been known to jump fences as high as 6’ feet and dig under a fence to obtain a food source.  
  • Always walk your dog on a leash and never send a dog chasing after a coyote.
  • Reports of coyotes attacking humans is extremely rare.  If you encounter a coyote, make loud noises and waive your arms, it will usually scare the coyote off.  Do not turn your back or run!  
  • Try to walk your dog during daylight hours.  While coyotes can be out at all times of the day, they are most active between dusk and dawn. 

Residents who have questions about the on-line reporting process can contact the Village's Police Department at (847) 359-9000.  As coyotes are wild animals, residents should never actively seek out or search for them.  Additional information will be provided as we continue to investigate these concerns.

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