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Coyotes in the Western Suburbs Get More Aggressive?

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a pack broke a door trying to get at dogs in suburban Riverside.

Have you heard that eerie howl or scream in the night? It's likely a coyote. It could be digging into your garbage or on the prowl for easy prey.

But while they are not aggressive towards people, they can go after small animals, especially if food is scarce. That seems to be exactly what happened in Riverside, a western suburb of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a pack broke an exterior door of a residence while chasing down a dog that had been outside.

Riverside Police Sgt Bill Guts chick said in the Sun-Times story "in his 25 years on duty, this was the first time he’s heard of coyotes trying to get into a home while chasing a pet."

In October we compiled a map of places you had seen the coyotes in our area. Readers continued to post comments for week, updating their fellow neighbors on the most recent sightings.

Here's how to avoid attracting coyotes to your property: Police Offer Tips for Keeping Coyotes Away

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.

Have you spotted a coyote recently? Let us know in the comments. 

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Ann Kerbs January 29, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Exactly. If you heard the way my neighbors dogs go nuts when a dog walker is on our block, you'd be a lot more worried about the dogs than the coyotes. They sound like they're ready to rip someone apart. It's alarmed guests to my home more than once. At least with a coyote you can scare them away. And definitely report anyone who feeds them to the village. People who do this are irresponsible and should be cited and fined.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM
The neighbors feeding them must be reported to police, the village, the county. They are making it dangerous for themselves and the rest of us. Maybe there is an ordinance like littering or some such that they could be fined with.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:04 AM
This is actually a good point. Chickens will attract them. But so do ground hogs. I have a ground hog under the porch and the foxes and coyotes are always hanging around in spring and summer when she is out and about.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM
There is an ordinance in Downers Grove that prohibits feeding wildlife. Call the Village Hall.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Coyotes are excellent rabbit control!

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