A dog was attacked by a coyote in the 5300 block of Meadow Lane in Downers Grove on Oct. 15, police said.
A man was standing in his front yard around 6:30 a.m. when he heard his Havanese dog whimper, police said. When the man looked to see what had happened, he saw a coyote running northbound from the area with the dog in its jaws.
The dog was 12 years old, weighed 11 pounds and was unleashed, police said.
Downers Grove police notified the DuPage County Department of Natural Resources of the incident.
Last month, Patch published an interactive map with nearly two dozen coyote sightings reported by readers in Downers Grove. The map has since been updated with more sightings, including the attack in the Oct. 15 police reports (represented by a red marker).
What to Do if You Spot a Coyote
Coyotes typically come out at night. If you see a coyote during the day, that's indication the animal may be bolder and therefore more likely to attack. If you ever find yourself in this situation, the study recommends you yell, wave your arms and try to throw something at the coyote. Never run away.
Dan Thompson, ecologist at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County said residents along rivers and the Prairie Path are at a slightly higher risk of seeing coyotes as they help wildlife travel.
However, he said, "coyotes are everywhere."
The wild animals are putting down roots in urban environments because humans have given them an "upper hand," Thompson said. "(We've) mand them less fearful of contact with humans... We need to make sure we make them feel uncomfortable if they're around."
While coyotes have been known to attack pets, the Cook County Coyote Project says coyotes do not frequently attack dogs, and when they do, they tend to be smaller dogs. Cats, on the other hand, may represent more alluring targets. Don't lose too much sleep over it, though. The vast majority of a coyote's diet is made up of mice and rats.
Patch asked readers on its Facebook page to tell us where they've seen coyotes in Downers Grove. Readers reported sightings everywhere from local parks to their own backyards.
On Oct. 10, Downers Grove Police Sgt. Harry Andler said the department had only been notified of two sighings recently.
If a coyote is acting in a threatening manner in Downers Grove, call 9-1-1 or contact the Willowbrook Wildlife Center’s 24-hour automated phone line for advice at 630-942-6200.
If you've spotted a coyote recently, let us know in the comments and we'll add the location to our map.
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